Galvanic vs. electrolytic

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Renee Grange 1I
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Galvanic vs. electrolytic

Postby Renee Grange 1I » Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:29 am

How can we tell the difference between galvanic and electrolytic cells?

Aiden Metzner 2C
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Re: Galvanic vs. electrolytic

Postby Aiden Metzner 2C » Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:34 am

An electrolytic cell converts electrical energy into chemical energy, a galvanic cell converts chemical energy to electrical energy.

Sofia Barker 2C
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Re: Galvanic vs. electrolytic

Postby Sofia Barker 2C » Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:35 am

Galvanic cells create electrical energy from chemical energy. This reaction is a spontaneous redox reaction.
Electrolytic cells create a potential difference from electrical energy. The electrons are forced to flow, creating a nonspontaneous redox rxn.

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Re: Galvanic vs. electrolytic

Postby Sanjana K - 2F » Mon Feb 24, 2020 12:57 am

This diagram is pretty helpful too.
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Matthew Tsai 2H
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Re: Galvanic vs. electrolytic

Postby Matthew Tsai 2H » Mon Feb 24, 2020 9:24 pm

In a galvanic cell, electrons flow spontaneously, but in an electrolytic cell, electrical energy drives electron flow in the opposite direction (nonspontaneous).


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