5 years ago
Dr. Cohen's notes used to refer to reducING potential (the potential to reduce other things). That's what I based the video off of, but it's not actually a term. The real term, to which the notes now refer, is reducTION potential (the potential to be reduced). Both are right, because the terms mean exactly the opposite thing. Electrons move spontaneously from a low reducTION potential (low potential to be reduced/gain electrons) to a high reducTION potential (high potential to be reduced/gain electrons). They also move spontaneously from a high reducING potential (high potential to give off electrons) to a low reducING potential (low potential to give off electrons).