Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Salt bridge in galvanic cell

  1. Jul 31, 2011 #1
    As electrons leave one half of a galvanic cell and flow to the other, a difference in charge is established. If no salt bridge were used, this charge difference would prevent further flow of electrons.

    Why would the charge difference prevent further flow of electrons ??
  2. jcsd
  3. Aug 1, 2011 #2
    Because you'd be taking electrons away from the side that's already positively charged, and adding them to the side that's already negatively charged. By Coulomb's Law both of these are energetically unfavourable (i.e., to do them you have to do work against a force pushing the opposite way).
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook