Problem: Which electrode of a voltaic cell, the cathode or the anode, corresponds to the higher potential energy for the electrons?

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We’re asked to determine which electrode of a voltaic cell, the cathode or the anode, corresponds to the higher potential energy for the electrons.


Recall that electrons move from a region of higher potential energy to a lower potential energy. 


In a voltaic cell, the direction of the flow of electrons is: 

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Which electrode of a voltaic cell, the cathode or the anode, corresponds to the higher potential energy for the electrons?

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