Solutions Class 12 Notes Chemistry Chapter 2


1. A solution is a homogeneous mixture of two or more chemically non-reacting substances. The components of a solution generally cannot be separated by filtration, settling or centrifuging.

2. A solution may be classified as solid, liquid or a gaseous solution

3. Solubility is defined as the amount of solute in a saturated solution per 100 g of a solvent.

4. The solubility of a gas in a liquid depends upon,
(i) the nature of the gas and the nature of the liquid,
(ii) the temperature of the system, and
(iii) the pressure of the gas.

5. The effect of pressure on the solubility of a gas in a liquid is governed by Henry’s Law. It states that the solubility of a gas in a liquid at a given temperature is directly proportional to the partial pressure of the gas.
Mathematically, p = KHx
where p is the partial pressure of the gas; and x is the mole fraction of the gas in the solution and KH is Henry’s Law constant.

6. The vapour pressure of a liquid is the pressure exerted by its vapour molecules when it is in dynamic equilibrium with its liquid, in a closed container.

7. According to Raoult’s Law, the vapour pressure of a solution containing a non-volatile solute is directly proportional to the mole fraction of the solvent (x ). The proportionality constant being the vapour pressure of the pure solvent,

8. A solution which obeys Raoult’s Law at all concentrations and temperatures is known as an ideal solution.

9. Characteristics of an ideal solution:

10. (i) The solution shows positive deviation from Raoult’s Law if its vapour pressure is higher than that predicted by Raoult’s Law.
(ii) The solution shows negative deviation ifits vapour pressure is lower than that predicted by Raoult’s Law.

11. Colligative properties of solutions are those properties which depend only upon the number of solute particles in the solution and not on their nature. Such properties are –
(i) Relative lowering of vapour pressure,
(ii) Elevation of boiling point,
(iii) Depression of freezing point and
(iv) Osmotic pressure.

12. Relative lowering of vapour pressure

Thus, according to Raoult’s Law, the relative lowering of the vapour pressure of a solution is equal to the mole fraction of the solute.

13. For a dilute solution, the elevation in boiling point is found to be proportional to the molality of the solution,

14. Molal elevation constant.
The depression in freezing point (del T} is proportional to the molality of the solution.

15. The spontaneous flow of solvent molecules from a dilute solution into a
concentrated solution when the two are separated by a semipermeable membrane is called osmosis.

16. Osmotic pressure (pi) is the pressure which must be applied to the solution side (more concentrated solution) to prevent the passage of pure solvent into it through a semipermeable membrane.

17. Isotonic solutions are those solutions which have the same osmotic pressure. Also they have same molar concentration.
For isotonic solutions, pi1 = pi2
Also, C1 = C2

18. Van’t Hoff factor, ‘i’ is used to express the extent of association or dissociation of solutes in solution. It is the ratio of the normal and observed molar masses of the solute, i.e.,

19. In case of association, observed molar mass being more than the normal, the factor ‘i’ has a value less than one. But in case of dissociation, the van ‘t Hoff factor is more than one because the observed molar mass has a less value.

20. In case of solutes which do not undergo any association or dissociation in a solvent, the van’t Hoff factor, ‘i’, will be equal to one because the observed and normal molar masses will be same.

21. Inclusion of van ‘t Hoff factor, ‘i’, modifies the equations for colligative properties as follows:

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