electrochemical series

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Kaylee Clarke 1G
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electrochemical series

Postby Kaylee Clarke 1G » Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:23 pm

in the outline, it mentions an electrochemical series. what is that referring to?

Diana A 2L
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Re: electrochemical series

Postby Diana A 2L » Fri Mar 13, 2020 6:37 pm

The electrochemical series is a table of the relative strengths of oxidizing and reducing agents. It shows the oxidizing and reducing power of redox couples, with the strongest oxidizing agents on the top left and strongest reducing agents at the bottom right.

Knowing oxidizing and reducing power helps determine whether K is less or greater than 1, which allows you to determine which direction is favored for an electrochemical cell, or in other words, if the forward or reverse reaction is spontaneous.

It also helps indicate whether cell potential will be positive or negative, given the anode and cathode are defined.
I have attached a picture of the electrochemical series chart.


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Re: electrochemical series

Postby Emma Popescu 1L » Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:41 pm

The more positive the electrode, the more oxidizing the reactant. By looking at the electrochemical series, you can determine which reactants would be better oxidizing or reducing agents.

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Re: electrochemical series

Postby Daniel Yu 1E » Fri Mar 13, 2020 9:24 pm

The electrochemical series is just a list of experimentally obtained reaction cell potentials. The more positive the value, the more likely the molecule will be reduced.

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Re: electrochemical series

Postby ShravanPatel2B » Sat Mar 14, 2020 11:33 am

Will knowing the electrochemical series and the chart be important or will any necessary information be provided by the problem?

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