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How To Remember The Anode And Cathode Charge

Education : Chemistry

An anode is the electrode used in electrolysis which carries the positive charge in a solution.

Since it is positive, it will attract negative ions towards it.

Many people get confused between the anode and the cathode, and what they attract. You might think the anode attract positive ions and is negative, but that would be wrong - that is the cathode.

To remember which is which, just remember this: don't

PANiC

For which the first letters are as follows:
Positive = Anode
Negative Is Cathode

So next time you need to know which is the anode and which is the cathode, remember not to PANIC!


By: Chris

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O.K. But for an electrolytic cell, the reverse is true.

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