# Electroplating a spoon (electrolytic cell) using a electrochemical voltaic cell

I drew a rough picture of the two cells, and marked each position with a distinct letter:

The whole reason I am asking this question is that I am bit confused and unsure about some of the chemistry and physics concepts. It will be extremely helpful if you guys can tell me if what I did is correct and why.

What I think is correct: to make this whole thing work.

1. Connect alligator clip x to position A, right on the zinc anode not the wire.
1. And connect clip y to B, on the copper cathode plate.

From what I read, the electron is forced from Ag plate, anode, through the wire (with two alligator clips on each end), then reduces $Ag_{+}$ ions to $Ag$ metal on the spoon cathode. But from the picture, it looks more like all the electrons came from the zinc anode of the voltaic cell and all the electrons from the $Ag$ anode of the electrolytic cell go to $Cu$ cathode of the voltaic cell.

Some physics aspect of this: if x clip was to be connected to position C and y clip to position D, is it true that there will be no potential difference?(unless the wire itself has a high resistance)

Now, to electroplate the spoon, you want the silver to be oxidized at the silver electrode. So, silver electrode is the anode, and must be connected to pole (+) of the voltaic cell (point B): $$\ce{Ag -> Ag+ + e- }$$ The spoon is the electrode where ion silver will be reduced. So, it's the cathode and must be connected to pole (-) of of the voltaic cell (point A). The electrons enter the cathode and reduced the silver ion according to the equation: $$\ce{Ag+ + e- -> Ag}$$