# What pressure units should be used when calculating electrode potential with Nernst equation?

Example 17: Calculate the electrode potential of given electrode $$\ce{Pt,Cl2 (\pu{1.5 bar}) | 2 Cl- (\pu{0.01 M})}\,; \quad E^\circ_\ce{Cl2/2Cl-} = \pu{1.36 V}$$

Solution: The reaction of electrode is $$\ce{\underset{\pu{1.5 bar}}{Cl2 (g)} + 2 e- -> \underset{\pu{0.01 M}}{2 Cl-}}$$ $$E = E^\circ - \frac{0.0591}{n}\log{\frac{[\ce{Cl-}]^2}{P_\ce{Cl2}}} = 1.36 - \frac{0.0591}{2}\log{\frac{(0.01)^2}{1.5}} = \pu{1.483 V}$$

In the solution, the author has directly used the pressure (which is in bars) in the Nernst equation without first converting it to its SI units. How can this be right?

Fugacity is defined with a reference to the standard state with the pressure of $\pu{10^5 Pa}$ or $\pu{1 bar}$. At ordinary pressures fugacity is numerically approximately equal to the pressure expressed in bars or atmospheres ($\pu{1 bar} \approx \pu{0.987 atm}$), so the author of the book is right.