Ch 5: Electrochemistry Basics

About This Chapter

Learn about the basics of electrochemistry, which includes electrodes, electrolytic cells, and anode half-cell reactions. The lessons and quizzes in this chapter can help you prepare for an exam or assess your understanding of the topics covered.

Electrochemistry Basics - Chapter Summary

While studying these lessons on electrochemistry, you will improve your knowledge of how to prevent corrosion using redox concepts and how to draw and label a diagram of a voltaic cell. This chapter can also help you understand anions in chemistry. After reviewing the lessons, you should be ready to:

  • Identify parts of an electrochemical cell
  • Provide an example of an anion in nature
  • Explain how electrodes function in electrical devices
  • Write electrode half-reactions for cathodes and anodes
  • Distinguish between voltaic and electrolytic cells
  • Draw a diagram of an electrochemical cell and a voltaic cell
  • Calculate mass in single voltaic cells and electrolytic cells
  • Identify products of electrochemical cells in experiments

The lessons in this chapter can speed up the process of learning the basics of electrochemistry. Throughout the lessons, there are terms highlighted in bold to emphasize important topics. Additionally, each lesson includes a full written transcript that you can print and use as a handy study tool.

8 Lessons in Chapter 5: Electrochemistry Basics
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Electrochemical Cells and Electrochemistry

1. Electrochemical Cells and Electrochemistry

Learn to identify the parts of and be able to describe an electrochemical cell, including the electrolyte, electrodes, anodes, and cathodes. Learn how to make a homemade lemon battery and how to diagram an electrochemical cell that will light a light bulb.

Anion: Definition & Examples

2. Anion: Definition & Examples

Ions are charged particles that are important for biological and chemical systems. Anions are ions that have a negative charge. This article discusses anions, their properties, and examples of anions in chemistry and nature.

Electrodes: Definition & Types

3. Electrodes: Definition & Types

An electrode is a pretty versatile material - you can find one in your non-rechargeable battery or an electrolytic cell. Continue reading to learn about the two types of electrodes - anodes and cathodes - and how they function in electrical devices.

Cathode and Anode Half-Cell Reactions

4. Cathode and Anode Half-Cell Reactions

Learn how to write electrode half-reactions for cathodes and anodes. Discover how to calculate cell voltage potential when given a table of standard electrode potentials. Learn how to prevent corrosion using redox concepts and how to protect metal by cathodic protection.

The Differences Between Voltaic & Electrolytic Cells

5. The Differences Between Voltaic & Electrolytic Cells

Voltaic and electrolytic cells are very similar, but there are some key differences. In this lesson, learn about both of these electrochemical cells and their importance to everyday life.

Drawing & Labeling a Diagram of a Electrochemical Cell

6. Drawing & Labeling a Diagram of a Electrochemical Cell

What is an electrochemical cell and what are its component parts? In this lesson, learn what electrochemical cells are, what their constituent parts are, and how electrons flow.

Drawing & Labeling a Diagram of a Voltaic Cell

7. Drawing & Labeling a Diagram of a Voltaic Cell

A voltaic cell splits a redox reaction into two separate reactions in order to utilize the current of electrons for energy. In this lesson we will learn how to draw a voltaic cell.

Calculations with Single Voltaic Cells & Electrolytic Cells

8. Calculations with Single Voltaic Cells & Electrolytic Cells

What are the differences between voltaic and electrolytic cells? How are the equations for the reactions written? In this lesson, learn about these equations and how to write and interpret the chemical equations for the reactions.

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