To satisfy the minimum requirements for this course, you should master the following
learning objectives.
Recognize a redox reaction and be able to:
• assign oxidation numbers to atoms in molecules and ions (pg 138)
Use the procedure outlined on pgs 838-839 to:
• write the oxidation and reduction half reactions.
• identify the oxidizing agent and reducing agent.
• balance any redox reaction. (problems 19.1, 19.2)
Understand the functions of the various components of simple voltaic and electrolytic
cells. Diagram cells, labeling the anode, cathode, directions of ion and electron
movement. (pg 841 – Figure 19.1).
Understand the definitions of and relationships among the important quantities: electrical
work, electrical charge, electrical current, and electrical potential (“emf”, potential
energy difference). (pg 849).
Given appropriate reduction potentials, (pg 843-847, problems 19.11, 19.12)
• calculate the cell voltage (standard cell potential, Eocell) generated by a voltaic cell.
• determine the relative strengths of oxidizing or reducing agents.
• use standard reduction potentials to predict whether a given reaction will be
spontaneous when all of the reactants and products are present in their standard
states (under standard conditions).
Interconvert Eocell, ∆Go, and K for oxidation-reduction reactions. (Figure 19.5, pg 850,
problems 19.21, 19.22, 19.24)
Use the Nernst equation to calculate the cell potential or the concentration of an ion,
under nonstandard conditions (pg 852, problem 19.32).
Discuss how a spontaneous redox reaction can be used to create a battery and:
(pg 857-860)
• recognize the connection between the components of the cell and the properties of
the battery.
• recognize the chemical reaction used in a lead-acid storage battery (pg 858).
• describe the basic components and processes in fuel cells (pg 860).
Discuss the difference between galvanic and electrolytic cells and (pg 866):
• given appropriate electrode potentials, predict the likely electrolysis reactions in
aqueous solutions, and calculate the minimum potential required to cause
electrolysis in aqueous solutions.
• interrelate time, current, and the amount of substance produced/consumed in an
electrolysis reaction (Figure 19.20).
Describe corrosion in terms of the electrochemistry involved, and explain the principles
that underlie cathodic protection. Describe methods for minimizing corrosion, for Naval
vessels. (pg 862 and
Understand the meaning of the Key Words on page 873.