Standard Cell potential

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Elizabeth Bowen 1J
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Standard Cell potential

Postby Elizabeth Bowen 1J » Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:20 am

If the standard cell potential of a cell diagram is negative, does that mean that the cathode was put on the left and the anode was put on the right?

Jordan Young 2J
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Re: Standard Cell potential

Postby Jordan Young 2J » Thu Mar 05, 2020 10:43 am

I think it just means that the redox reaction isn't spontaneous (assuming that the cell potential was calculated correctly). A negative cell potential means that there is no energy to do work and the reaction is not spontaneous.

Ally Huang- 1F
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Re: Standard Cell potential

Postby Ally Huang- 1F » Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:21 am

If the standard cell potential is negative, that means the forward reaction is not spontaneous. The reaction will proceed spontaneously in the reverse reaction, however.


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