pH and the Cell Potential

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pH and the Cell Potential

Postby Kevin Chang 2I » Sun Feb 05, 2017 9:20 pm

What exactly is the relationship between the pH of a solution and the measurement of a cell potential (Ecell)?

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Re: pH and the Cell Potential

Postby Rishi_Kayathi_1E » Mon Feb 06, 2017 12:34 pm

The pH of the solution represents the concentration of the Hydrogen ions in the solution. By inserting these concentrations into the Nernst equation we can calculate the cell potential.

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Re: pH and the Cell Potential

Postby samuelkharpatin2b » Wed Feb 08, 2017 5:44 pm

The Nernst equation uses the concentrations of reactants and products. So if a problem provides you with a pH and you know you need to use the Nernst equation in order to solve the problem, you must first find the concentration of hydronium ions, by evaluating 10^(-pH) and then proceed to plug in that value into the appropriate location in the Nernst equation. Be sure to never plug in the pH directly into the equation.

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