Lesson Plan: Galvanic Cells Chemistry

This lesson plan includes the objectives, prerequisites, and exclusions of the lesson teaching students how to describe a galvanic cell and explain how E^⊖ values are measured.


Students will be able to

  • describe the setup of a half-cell,
  • explain the combination of two half-cells to form a galvanic electrochemical cell,
  • explain why a voltage is generated by a galvanic cell,
  • describe and explain the importance of the standard hydrogen electrode,
  • explain the measurement of the standard electrode potential, 𝐸.


Students should already be familiar with

  • reduction and oxidation,
  • equilibria.


Students will not cover

  • calculation of standard cell potentials,
  • analysis or use of the electromotive series.

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