## Relationship Between Ecell and K

zfinn
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### Relationship Between Ecell and K

what's the relationship between Ecell and the value of K? (i.e. if K > 1 or K <1)

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### Re: Relationship Between Ecell and K

I think the higher the value of K, the higher the value of Ecell.

Justin Quan 4I
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### Re: Relationship Between Ecell and K

If E˚ is positive, then K>1; if E˚ is negative, then K<1. This will always hold true. It may also be important to note that whenever E˚ is positive, then ∆G˚ is negative, and vise versa.

Alfred Barrion 2H
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### Re: Relationship Between Ecell and K

When Ecell > 0, then K>1.
When Ecell < 0, then K<1

Kallista McCarty 1C
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### Re: Relationship Between Ecell and K

K is greater than 1 if Ecell is greater than 0. K is less than 1 if Ecell is less than 0

Jessica Chen 2C
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### Re: Relationship Between Ecell and K

I agree with all the previous responses, and it makes sense if you think about the meaning of these values. Ecell can describe spontaneity (spontaneous if the value is positive, not spontaneous if the value is negative) while K, the equilibrium constant, describes whether the reaction is product or reactant favored. We can see that spontaneous reactions will have more product (Ecell>0 and K>1) while nonspontaneous reactions will have more reactants (Ecell<0 and K<1).

Julia Holsinger_1A
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### Re: Relationship Between Ecell and K

Ecell and K are positively related so the larger the K means a more positive Ecell

Pegah Nasseri 1K
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### Re: Relationship Between Ecell and K

Looking at the two equations E˚= (RT/nF)lnK and Ecell = E˚- (RT/nF)lnQ, you can see that if K>1 then E˚> 0. When E˚>0, then Ecell will be a greater value and will most likely be greater than zero as well. So if K>0 then E˚>0 and Ecell>0.

Bryan Chen 1H
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### Re: Relationship Between Ecell and K

I remember my TA writing Ecell>0 than K>0 and vice versa, and you can prove this from the equations

Celine 1F
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### Re: Relationship Between Ecell and K

Ecell and K are positively related