## Cell potential

$E_{cell} = E_{cell}^{\circ}-\frac{RT}{nF}\ln Q$

KeiannaPineda1B
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### Cell potential

How does adding water to a concentration cell affect cell potential? (in the two occasions: anode or cathode)

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### Re: Cell potential

It will decrease the concentration. To find out how this affects cell potential, you can plug numbers into E=-RT/nF lnQ with alterations to Q. For instance, if the cathode's concentration decreases, cell potential will increase.

Anthony Hatashita 4H
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### Re: Cell potential

Adding water will decrease the concentration of everyone else, changing the value of Q which changes cell potential.

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### Re: Cell potential

Adding water will dilute a solution, and depending on whether it is added to the anode or cathode, delta G, or work, may also go up or down.

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### Re: Cell potential

How adding water affects cell potential is dependent on which solution it is diluting. If it is diluting the anode solution, then the overall Q is decreased, decreasing the lnQ expression and therefore increasing cell potential since the [-RTlnQ] term is smaller.

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### Re: Cell potential

It will dilute the solution, resulting in a change in a Q value due to changes in concentration.

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### Re: Cell potential

water dilutes the solution.Whether it increases or decreases cell potential depends on the problem

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