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An electrode in contact with a solution of ions, forming part of a cell. Various types of half cell exist, the simplest consisting of a metal electrode immersed in a solution of metal ions. Gas half cells have a gold or platinum plate in a solution with gas bubbled over the metal plate. The commonest is the hydrogen half cell. Half cells can also be formed by a metal in contact with an insoluble salt or oxide and a solution. The calomel half cell is an example of this. Half cells are commonly referred to as electrodes.

Subjects: Chemistry.

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