Wed March 26, 2014 By: Sanskrati Gawande

what is meant by the term electrochemiacal cell ? given its mechanics by considering zn-cuso4 reaction 

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Thu March 27, 2014
It is a device used to convert chemical energy into electrical energy.

Consider the following example of piece of zinc (Zn) metal placed in a solution of copper sulfate (CuSO4), where Zn is oxidized to Zn+2 and Cu+2 is reduced to Cu.


Redox equation:

Zn(s) + Cu+2(aq) → Zn+2(aq) + Cu(s)


Anode reaction (Zn electrode): Zn → Zn+2 (aq) + 2e-

Cathode reaction (Cu electrode): Cu+2(aq) + 2e- → Cu(s)


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