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Basically, there are two beakers and we are looking at a redox reaction taking place. One of the half-reactions is taking place in one of the beakers and the other is taking place in the second beaker. One of the reactions will be an oxidation reaction and will be losing electrons and the other reaction will be gaining electrons because it is a reduction reaction. The salt bridge is there to ensure that the reaction continues because the electrons are going to one of the beakers so eventually the buildup of charge would stop the electrons from continuing to go into the beaker. The salt bridge supplies ions to both beakers to keep the charge stable and allowing the reaction to continue.
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