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Standard Electrodes

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  • An electrode by definition is a point where current enters and leaves the electrolyte. When the current leaves the electrodes it is known as the cathode and when the current enters it is known as the anode. Electrodes are vital components of electrochemical cells. They transport produced electrons from one half-cell to another, which produce an electrical charge. This charge is based off a standard electrode system (SHE) with a reference potential of 0 volts and serves as a medium for any cell potential calculation.

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    • Michael Devengenzo (UCD)