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Chemistry

9th Edition
Steven S. Zumdahl
ISBN: 9781133611097

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Chemistry

9th Edition
Steven S. Zumdahl
ISBN: 9781133611097
Textbook Problem

What is electrochemistry? What are redox reactions? Explain the difference between a galvanic and an electrolytic cell.

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation:

The definition of electrochemistry and redox reactions along with difference between galvanic cell and an electrolytic cell is to be stated.

Concept introduction:

The branch of chemistry that deals with the inter-relationship between the electricity and chemical change is called electrochemistry. It involves the electron transfer that leads to the redox reaction.

To determine: The definition of electrochemistry and the redox reaction; the difference between galvanic cell and the electrolytic cell.

Explanation

The electrochemistry is that branch of chemistry that shows the inter-relationship between electricity and chemical changes.

In electrochemistry there occurs movement of electric charge between the electrodes and the electrolytic solution. There occurs flow of electrons that forms the basis of the electrochemistry. It involves the oxidation and reduction reactions.

Those reactions in which oxidation and reduction reaction takes place simultaneously are called redox reactions.

Redox reactions involve the change in the oxidation number of the atoms. In these reactions when species undergoes oxidation and then other species undergoes the reduction. Basically there occurs electron transfer between the two species that are involved in the reaction.

The difference between the galvanic cell and electrolytic cell is illustrated as follows...

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