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Postby 205389184 » Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:43 pm

When an electrolytic cell is missing an electrode, will we always use platinum or does it depend on the other compounds involved?

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Re: electrodes

Postby JonathanS 1H » Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:44 pm

We always want to use an inert metal such as Platinum because it is not involved in the chemical reaction, only in the transfer of e-.

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Re: electrodes

Postby Jasmine Fendi 1D » Sun Mar 01, 2020 7:55 pm

I think we can use most inert metals. To be safe, I think platinum is most commonly used.

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Re: electrodes

Postby Elizabeth Bowen 1J » Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:08 pm

My TA told us we should always use platinum as good practice, but technically any inert metal would function.

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Re: electrodes

Postby Anna Heckler 2C » Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:28 pm

Platinum is commonly used and can be a go-to choice in our examples, but any inert metal will suffice.

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Re: electrodes

Postby Tahlia Mullins » Sun Mar 01, 2020 8:31 pm

In practice, I have only ever seen platinum being used as the inert metal in the electrolytic cell, so I just like to play it safe and use that!

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