## Question 14.19

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### Question 14.19

Can someone please explain question 19:
a student was given a standard cu(s)ICu^2+(aq) half cell and another half cell containing an unknown metal M immersed in 1.00M M(NO3)2(aq); When the copper was connected as the anode at 25 degrees Celsius, the cell potential was found to be -0.689V. What is the reduction potential for the unknown M^2/M couple?

Tanaisha Italia 1B
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### Re: Question 14.19

You would use the equation E˚cell = E˚cathode - E˚anode. The E˚cell is the value that you were given for the cell potential. The E˚anode is the potential of Cu is this case, because it is being oxidized. You would substitute these values and then solve for E˚cathode, which is the E˚of the metal.

Tanaisha Italia 1B
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### Re: Question 14.19

You can find the E˚anode value for Cu in Table 14.1.

torieoishi1A
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### Re: Question 14.19

Looking at the cell:
Cu/Cu2+ electrode is the anode (oxidation is occurring)
M2+/M electrode is the cathode
Then use the formula: E=E(cathode)-E (anode)
-.689V=E(cathode)-(+.34V)
E(cathode)=-0.349V