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melissa carey 1f wrote:Whats the relationship between free energy and max work - are they equal?
I wrote in my notes from 2/9 that maximum cell potential is directly related to the free energy difference between reactants and products in the cell/ redox reaction.
Wmax actually represents the maximum non-expansion work a reaction can do. Basically, an exothermic reaction will release a certain amount of energy, and this energy can be harnessed to do other kinds of work, such as power a non-spontaneous reaction.
Scott Chin_1E wrote:Does Wmax usually occur when the system is at equilibrium?
No, at equilibrium Delta G and Ecell are equal to zero, and therefore work at equilibrium would be equal to zero. This makes sense, as at equilibrium there would be no electrons flowing between the anode and the cathode.
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