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AlyssaYeh_1B wrote:Does anyone have any tips to memorize that the anode is where oxidation occurs, and the cathode is where reduction occurs?
The way I memorize it is the same way I memorize cations (+) and anions (-). The cathode is associated with a positive sign because it is where reduction occurs; reduction is the gain of electrons. The anode is associate with a negative sign because it is where oxidation occurs; oxidation is the loss of electrons. By associating cathodes and anodes with these signs, I can remember which is responsible for each part of a redox reaction. I hope this helps!
Ami_Pant_4G wrote:I kind think of it as the word cathode has a "t" in it, which looks like a "+" sign so we know it gains electrons (which is what happens in reduction), and then anode is the opposite. Hope this helps.
This was really helpful thank you!!
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