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The difference between a "galvanic cell" and "electrolyte cell"

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Wayne, Dec 30, 2004.

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  1. Wayne

    Wayne Guest


    Reading Electrochemistry by Hamann [1998, p.237] he says that If a cell has
    a non offset (no DC) ac signal applied it will operate like "galvanic cell"
    rather than an "electrolyte cell".
    I was under the impression that they were the same thing. However, a good
    old search on Google reveled the following difference:

    - Galvanic cell: DeltaG < 0; spontaneous; -DeltaG =
    electric work output

    - Electrolyte cell: DeltaG > 0; non-spontaneous; DeltaG = minimum
    electric work needed

    Does this mean that a Galvanic will produce electrical energy and a
    electrolyte cell with produce chemical?

    Can someone clear this up for me?


  2. Guest

  3. (in <>) about 'The
    difference between a "galvanic cell" and "electrolyte cell"', on Tue, 4
    Jan 2005:
    No it isn't! (;-)
  4. WayneL

    WayneL Guest


    Is it or isn't it and could you please explain you answer? (No this is not
    an exam question - just a pursuit for knowledge)


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