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Dilution of Solutions



Dilution of Solutions


** Concentrated solutions are often stored in the laboratory stockroom for use as needed. Frequently we dilute these “stock” solutions before working with them. 

** Dilution is the procedure for preparing a less concentrated solution from a more concentrated one.

** Suppose that we want to prepare 1 L of a 0.400 M KMnO4 solution from a solution of 1.00 M KMnO4 . For this purpose we need 0.400 mole of KMnO4 . Because there is 1.00 mole of KMnO4 in 1 L of a 1.00 M KMnO4 solution, there is 0.400 mole of KMnO4 in 0.400 L of the same solution:


Therefore, we must withdraw 400 mL from the 1.00 M KMnO4 solution and dilute it to 1000 mL by adding water (in a 1-L volumetric flask). This method gives us 1 L of the desired solution of 0.400 M KMnO4 .

Dilution law


** In carrying out a dilution process, it is useful to remember that adding more solvent to a given amount of the stock solution changes (decreases) the concentration of the solution without changing the number of moles of solute present in the solution.


** In other words,

moles of solute before dilution = moles of solute after dilution

** Molarity is defined as moles of solute in one liter of solution, so the number of moles
of solute is given by:


** Because all the solute comes from the original stock solution, we can conclude that n remains the same; that is,


Mi and Mf are the initial and final concentrations of the solution in molarity, respectively

Vi and Vf are the initial and final volumes of the solution, respectively.

** Of course, the units of Vi and Vf must be the same (mL or L) for the calculation to work.

** To check the reasonableness of your results, be sure that Mi > Mf and Vf > Vi.

Solved problems


Describe how you would prepare 5.00 × 102 mL of a 1.75 M H2SO4 solution, starting with an 8.61 M stock solution of H2SO4 .

Strategy:
 Because the concentration of the final solution is less than that of the original one, this is a dilution process. Keep in mind that in dilution, the concentration of the solution decreases but the number of moles of the solute remains the same.

Solution:
 We prepare for the calculation by tabulating our data:




  Thus, we must dilute 102 mL of the 8.61 M H2SO4 solution with sufficient water to give a final volume of 5.00 × 102 mL in a 500-mL volumetric flask to obtain the desired concentration.

Check:
 The initial volume is less than the fi nal volume, so the answer is reasonable.

Reference: Chemistry / Raymond Chang ,Williams College /(10th edition).


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