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# Galvanic Cell

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###### Galvanic (Voltaic Cells) & Electrolytic Cells

Concept #1: Galvanic versus Electrolytic Cells

Concept #2: An electrolytic cell presents an electrochemical cell that is nonspontaneous.

Example #1: A certain electrochemical cell involves a five electron change and has a value of Keq = 3.0 x 1016 at 298 K. The value of ΔHo for the reaction is -68.3 kJ/mol. Calculate the values of ΔGo, ΔEo, for a standard electrochemical cell constructed based on this reaction and also ΔSo for the reaction.

Practice: Given the following standard reduction potentials,

Hg22+(aq)  +  2 e    2 Hg (l)                                                          E° = +0.789 V

Hg2Cl2(s)  +  2 e    2 Hg (l)  +  2 Cl-(aq)                                        E° = +0.271 V

determine Ksp for Hg2Cl2(s) at 25 °C.

Example #2: The cell notation for a redox reaction is given as the following at (T = 298 K):

Zn (s) Ι Zn2+ (aq, 0.37 M) ΙΙ Ni2+ (aq, 0.059 M) Ι Ni (s)

a)  Write the balanced half-reactions occurring at the anode and the cathode.

b)  Write out the complete balanced redox reaction.

c)  Determine the Ecell.

d)  Calculate the maximum electrical work that can be produced by this cell.

e)  Calculate the reactant quotient, Q, for this cell and the cell potential under non-standard conditions.

Example #3: Answer each of the following questions based on the following half reactions:

HALF REACTIONS                                Eo (V)

Cl2 (g)  +  2 e            2 Cl (aq)          + 1.36

l2 (g)  +  2 e              2 l (aq)             + 0.535

Pb2+ (aq)   +  2 e      Pb (s)                  - 0.126

V2+ (aq)  +  2 e         V (s)                    - 1.18

a)  Which is the strongest oxidizing agent?

b)  Which is the strongest reducing agent?

c)  Will I (aq) reduce Cl2 (g) to Cl (g)?