# Why is cell potential an intensive property? [closed]

I've heard that cell potential is an intensive property. However, we know that an intensive property does not depend on number of moles, mass, or concentration of the substance involved. However, when we calculate cell potential using the Nernst equation, we definitely have to use the concentration of the substances. Therefore, how is cell potential categorized as an intensive property?

• An intensive property does not depend on the total mass, or total volume. But it may change with the concentration. Commented Jul 5, 2020 at 10:24
• Welcome to Chemistry! Please note that the proper term for "number of moles" is amount of substance. The former would be the same as referring to the mass as "number of kilograms". Commented Jul 9, 2020 at 14:45

Intensive properties must not depend on extensive properties, unless they mutually cancel their extensiveness, forming an intermediate intensive property, like e.g. specific conductivity: $$\kappa_\mathrm{intensive} = const_\mathrm{intensive} \cdot \left( \frac{m_\mathrm{extensive} }{ V_\mathrm{extensive}}\right)_\mathrm{intensive}$$