Spontaneity in Cells

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Spontaneity in Cells

Postby 505095793 » Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:26 pm

Can you tell if a reaction is spontaneous based on the value of the standard cell potential?

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Re: Spontaneity in Cells

Postby WilliamNguyen_4L » Sun Feb 24, 2019 2:37 pm

If the standard cell potential is positive it is spontaneous.

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Re: Spontaneity in Cells

Postby Luc Lorain 1L » Sun Feb 24, 2019 3:42 pm

We can derive Gibbs free energy (our primary means of calculating the spontaneity of a reaction) through cell potential by using the following formula:

If Eo is negative, then will be positive, and therefore non-spontaneous (F is a positive constant and n is given as a positive integer value multiplied by negative one; two negatives times one positive --> positive solution).
Concersely, if Eo is positive, then will be negative, and therefore spontaneous (one negative times two positives --> positive solution).

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