All I'm trying to do is translate the cell diagram below into a into a an equation so I can determine which is the anode and which is the cathode. Here is the cell diagram. I know how to balance it, I just want to make sure I'm putting reactants and products on their correct sides:
Al/ Al+3 // CU+2 / CU
The Attempt at a Solution
The unbalanced equation from the diagram above is Either Al+Cu+2--->Al+3 +Cu or
In the first case Aluminum is the cathode because it reduces the copper ion to copper metal, and Copper is the anode because it oxides aluminum metal to the aluminum ion. In the second case it's the opposite. Assuming the last two statements are correct, my only problem here is figuring out which equation is represented by the cell diagram.