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Dhwani Krishnan 1G wrote:what is the difference between an anode and cathode?
An anode is negatively charged and contains the oxidation part of a reaction, and electrons flow away from it
A cathode is positively charged and contains the reduction part of the reaction, and electrons flow towards it
The anode and the cathode are deemed right and left just as a formality so you can tell where the reactions are taking place. An anode is the oxidation part of the reaction and the cathode contains the reduction part of the reaction.
One way to remember the left-hand (anode) and right-hand (cathode) electrodes is the acronym AN OIL RIG CAT. This stands for Anode for Oxidation Is Losing elections, while Reduction Is Gaining elections in the Cathode.
The anode is is usually placed on the left side while the cathode is placed on the right side. The anode oxidizes the material present and the cathode reduces the material present. Electrons flow away from the anode and into the cathode.
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