Electrochemical Cells

Electrochemical Cells

Watch this webinar to learn about electrochemical cells. You will review oxidation and reduction reactions, schematic diagrams, and applications related to electrochemistry, such as batteries.

At a glance


Essential skills

  • Be able to read half-reaction tables of standard reductions and oxidations

  • Determine if a cell is galvanic or electrolytic

  • Be able to read galvanic cell shorthand

  • Identify half-reactions for diagrammed cells


Knowledge Fundamentals

  • Reduction and oxidation

  • Galvanic and electrolytic cell set ups and their differences

  • Know what happens at cathode and anode electrodes, positive and negative terminals


On the MCAT

  • You are not expected to memorize standard reduction potentials and the test will always provide whatever you need in either a table or within a passage

  • Usually the test will write out half-reactions for you but not always

  • Diagrams can be very helpful at deducing reactions and proper current flow


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