Possible error in Electron activity in chemical reactions

Discussion in 'Feedback and Suggestions' started by Spackledorf, Nov 5, 2010.

  1. Spackledorf

    Thread Starter New Member

    Jul 12, 2010
    "This flow of electrons into into the lead dioxide (PbO2) electrode, gives it a positive electrical charge."
    and "The flow of electrons out of the lead electrode gives it a negative electrical charge."
    I am no expert, as I am reading this to learn, but these descriptions do not make sense to me and are possibly an error. When electrons are gained, isn't there a negative charge? and a positive charge when they are lost?
  2. jpanhalt

    AAC Fanatic!

    Jan 18, 2008
    That section describes the assignment of polarity to the terminals of a battery. The negative terminal sources electrons and the positive terminal sinks electrons by convention.

    The diagram below the statements shows that within the battery during discharge, electrons flow from the positive electrode to the negative electrode.

    Perhaps it could be better written, but in context of the paragraph and illustration, it is correct.