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Ionic Strength and Potentiometric Titration watch

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    Hi there!

    To determine E0(Ag+/Ag), we are meant to plot Em+E(Cal)-(RT/F)ln[c(Ag+)/c0] against \mathrm{I}^\frac{1}{2}. E(Cal) is the potential of the calomel electrode that we used as a reference. c0 is given as 1mol/L. Extrapolation of the resulting graph to zero ionic strength gives a value for E0(Ag+/Ag).

    My problem is that I don't know what is meant by \mathrm{I}^\frac{1}{2}. I know "I" is the ionic strength but is the "\mathrm{}^\frac{1}{2}" meant in a mathematical way or is "\mathrm{I}^\frac{1}{2}" a term for a specific ionic strength? Also, I'm not sure what Em stands for. As we titrated silver nitrate with KCl, the potential difference was changing so I assumed that Em are the values for the changing potential difference, but I am not sure about this.

    Any help greatly appreciated!

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