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How can you figure out which side of the cell diagram will be the cathode and which will be the anode? Is it only based on the whether the Ecell is negative or positive along, or are there other factors?
If it gets oxidized then it is an anode and if it gets reduced then it is a cathode. I like to think "an ox" and "red cat" when working with half reactions and find it easier to draw my cell diagrams with anode to the left and cathode to the right since it's presented like that in the shorthand notation.
CNourian2H wrote:how do the terms anode and cathode relate to oxidation and reduction. He used the latter pair of terms to define anode and cathode, but can someone explain this further?
Cathode is the reduction reaction and the anode is the oxidation reaction.
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