|Chapter 9 - Solutions, Acids & Bases
A solution is a mixture of materials, one of which is usually a fluid. A
fluid is a material that flows, such as a liquid or a gas. The fluid of a
solution is usually the solvent. The material other than the solvent is
the solute. We say that we dissolve the solute into the solvent.
Some solutions are so common to us that we give them a unique
name. A solution of water and sugar is called syrup. A solution of
sodium chloride (common table salt) in water is called brine. A
sterilized specific concentration (0.15 molar) of sodium chloride in
water is called saline. A solution of carbon dioxide in water is called
seltzer, and a solution of ammonia gas in water is called ammonia
A solution is said to be dilute if there is less of the solute. The
process of adding more solvent to a solution or removing some of the
solute is called diluting. A solution is said to be concentrated if it
has more solute. The process of adding more solute or removing
some of the solvent is called concentrating. The concentration of a
solution is some measurement of how much solute there is in the
Solids are difficult to consider as solvents because there is a lack of
motion of the particles of a solid relative to each other. There are,
however, some good reasons to view some mixtures of these types as
solutions. The molecules of a gas do knock against each other, and
the motion of a gas can assist in changing material from a liquid or
True solutions with liquid solvents have the following properties:
PROPERTIES OF SOLUTIONS
- The particles of solute are the size of individual small molecules or
individual small ions. One nanometer is about the maximum diameter for a
|In solutions individual
molecules of the solute
are mixed evenly into
the molecules of the
can dissolve in a certain quantity of solvent or quantity of
solution at a specified temperature.
The main factors that have an effect on solubility are:
| The nature of the solute and solvent -- While only 1 |
|gram of lead (II) chloride can be dissolved in 100 grams |
of water at room temperature, 200 grams of zinc chloride
can be dissolved. The great difference in the solubilities
of the of these two substances is the the result of
differences in their natures.
|Temperature -- Generally, an increase in the |
|temperature of the solution increases the solubility of a |
solid solute. A few solid solutes, however, are less
soluble in warmer solutions. For all gases, solubility
decreases as the temperature of the solution rises.
|Pressure -- For solids and liquid solutes, changes in |
|pressure have practically no effect on solubility. For |
gaseous solutes, an increase in pressure increases
solubility and a decrease in pressure decreases
solubility. (When the cap on a bottle of soda pop is
removed, pressure is released, and the gaseous solute
bubbles out of solution. This escape of a gas from
solution is called effervescence.)
|Solubility of different substances in
relation to temperature.
- The mixture does not separate on standing. In a gravity environment the solution will not come apart due to any difference
in density of the materials in the solution.The mixture does not separate by common fiber filter. The entire solution will pass
through the filter.
- Once it is completely mixed, the mixture is homogeneous. If you take a sample of the solution from any point in the
solution, the proportions of the materials will be the same.
- The mixture appears clear rather than cloudy. It may have some color to it, but it seems to be transparent otherwise. The
mixture shows no Tyndall effect. Light is not scattered by the solution. If you shine a light into the solution, the pathway of
the light through the solution is not revealed to an observer out of the pathway.
- The solute is completely dissolved into the solvent up to a point characteristic of the solvent, solute, and temperature. At a
saturation point the solvent no longer can dissolve any more of the solute. If there is a saturation point, the point is distinct
and characteristic of the type of materials and temperature of the solution.
- The solution of an ionic material into water will result in an electrolyte solution. The ions of solute will separate in water to
permit the solution to carry an electric current.
- The solution shows an increase in boiling point as the amount of solute is increased.
- The solution shows a decrease in melting point as the amount of solute is increased.