Concentration Cells


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Madelyn Romberg 1H
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Concentration Cells

Postby Madelyn Romberg 1H » Fri Mar 13, 2020 1:44 pm

Can someone explain to me how a concentration cell works if it is using the same molecule? As in, where do the electrons come from and go if only one molecule is there for redox reactions

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Re: Concentration Cells

Postby SnehinRajkumar1L » Fri Mar 13, 2020 2:04 pm

Based on concentration, one side acts as the anode and the other as the cathode. Thus, one of them is reduced and the other is oxidized, depending on which has a higher concentration and produces a current.

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Re: Concentration Cells

Postby Emma Popescu 1L » Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:44 pm

The standard E cell potential will be 0. However, current is driven by the difference in concentration of the ions, which move from a higher concentration to a lower concentration.

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Re: Concentration Cells

Postby Sara Richmond 2K » Sat Mar 14, 2020 12:53 pm

Does the cell flow from anode to cathode or cathode to anode? which has the higher concentration anode or cathode?

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Re: Concentration Cells

Postby Ian Morris 3C » Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:26 pm

Sara Richmond 2K wrote:Does the cell flow from anode to cathode or cathode to anode? which has the higher concentration anode or cathode?


electrons always flow from anode to cathode

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Re: Concentration Cells

Postby DanielTalebzadehShoushtari2A » Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:41 pm

If you have different concentrations of the same species in the sides of the cell, then in the Nernst equation, Eo is zero but lnQ is nonzero. Eo is zero because there is no difference in reduction potential (same species). Since you have more reactants than products (difference in concentration), lnQ is nonzero and therefore the E of the cell is some positive number. Q would be the same species on both the numerator and denominator, but since the concentrations are different, the cell works.

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Re: Concentration Cells

Postby 205291012 » Sat Mar 14, 2020 2:56 pm

in a concentration cell, the standard potential energy is 0 and the potential energy is very low voltage. the whole reaction is driven entirely by a change in concentration gradient. thus the reaction proceeds because there is a tendency to move from high concentration to low concentration

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Re: Concentration Cells

Postby Kylie Lim 4G » Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:02 pm

In a concentration cell, the reaction is driven by a difference in concentration, with electrons flowing from the anode (which should be at a lower concentration) to the cathode (which should be at a higher concentration). The voltage is created as the two concentrations move towards equilibrium.

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Re: Concentration Cells

Postby CNourian2H » Sat Mar 14, 2020 9:05 pm

Basically, the electrons flow through the different concentrations, where it goes from a higher to a lower concentration. The lower concentration will always be for your product.


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