# Is the cathode and anode on the cell notation of an Electrolytic cell on the same side as if how you will write it for a Galvanic cell?

I was reading an online material then I came upon a cell notation for an electrolytic cell (I determined that it was an electrolytic cell because of the absence of a salt bridge). Usually, I will proceed on reading but then I realized, since cathode and anode is switched for an electrolytic cell, which side of the cell will be the cathode and the anode?

The example given was:

$$\ce{Ag | AgCl(s), Cl- (\pu{0.200 M}), Cd^2+ (\pu{0.00500 M}) | Cd}$$

• This could be simply a Ag|AgCl electrode, a Cd electrode and a solution that is 0.200 M in chloride ion, 0.005 M in cadmium ion and, say, 0.190 M in sodium ions. All in one beaker, so no salt bridge. The context in what you were reading matters. – Ed V Jul 30 '19 at 12:51
• So, is the Ag l AgCl side the anode? – Kent de los Reyes Jul 30 '19 at 12:53
• This is where the Nernst equation get used: you calculate the two reduction potentials and the most positive one is the spontaneous reduction. Then the other one is the oxidation side and it is conventionally on the left. – Ed V Jul 30 '19 at 12:57