2019 A Level H2 Chemistry Paper 1 Question 29 - Measure Standard Electrode Potential

Let's take a look at 2019 A Level H2 Chemistry Paper 1 Question 29.

2019 p1 q29 qn

We are asked to determine the set of concentrations that would give the correct value of standard electrode potential for an electrode system.

First we will have to determine which species are taking part in reduction/oxidation in this reversible electrode.

2019 p1 q29 determine species

Notice the oxidation state of Cl is +1 in HOCl and zero in Cl2.

This means the species that we should focus on is HOCl and Cl2 since there is a change on oxidation state for Cl.

In the forward direction HOCl(+1) is reduced to Cl2(0), while in the reverse direction Cl2(0) is oxidised to HOCl(+1).

The standard conditions required for standard electrode potential should apply to both HOCl and Cl2.

Standard conditions: Temperature at 298K, Pressure at 1 atm, Concentration of solutions at 1.0 moldm-3

Hence concentration of HOCl and Cl2 has to be both at 1.0 moldm-3.

Notice the concentration of H+ is not that important since it just provides the acidic medium for the system.

2019 p1 q29 compare answer

By comparing the options we can conclude the correct answer to this question should be option B.

Topic: Electrochemistry, Physical Chemistry, A Level Chemistry, Singapore

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