E and Spontaneity

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E and Spontaneity

Postby Kristen Kim 2K » Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:43 pm

Is the cell reaction spontaneous if E is positive and nonspontaneous if E is negative?

Felicia1E
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Re: E and Spontaneity

Postby Felicia1E » Wed Feb 27, 2019 3:45 pm

The cell reaction is spontaneous when E is positive, because in the equation deltaG = -nFE, if E is positive, G is negative, which is a spontaneous process.

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Re: E and Spontaneity

Postby Philipp_V_Dis1K » Wed Feb 27, 2019 4:37 pm

a positive E means that the reaction will create energy, "exothermic" in a sense, with no need to put in heat to start the reaction. This is the opposite for negative E values, which are "endothermic" and require energy for the reaction to proceed


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