(b) Ce4+(aq) + I-(aq) --> I2(s) + Ce3+(aq)
The solution says, "An inert electrode such as Pt is necessary when both oxidized and reduced species are in the same solution." What does this mean? The iodine and the cerium are in separate electrodes of the cell.
I understand that the two aqueous solutions of Ce3+ and Ce4+ would require a solid metal, but how would you know for I2(s)?