## flipping the sign of Ecell

$\Delta G^{\circ} = -nFE_{cell}^{\circ}$

Saachi_Kotia_4E
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### flipping the sign of Ecell

if the E cell for a half reaction in Appendix 2B has a positive value, but the half reaction used in the problem is the other way around, do we flip that value of Ecell?

mcredi
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### Re: flipping the sign of Ecell

yes, when the reaction is reversed you flip the sign

Hedi Zappacosta 1E
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### Re: flipping the sign of Ecell

This is because E cell is the reduction potential. If you are looking at an oxidation reaction, you have to flip the sign of the reduction potential

Alexa Tabakian 1A
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### Re: flipping the sign of Ecell

All E cell values are reduction values. You can either flip the sign for oxidation or use the formula Ecell= Eright-Eleft

Mona El Masri 1F
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### Re: flipping the sign of Ecell

You don't do anything to the sign of E if you decide to use (cathode-anode).

Arta Kasaeian 2C
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### Re: flipping the sign of Ecell

Yes, if needed to change calculate oxidation potential, you must switch the sign of the reduction potential.