# Ideal and Non-ideal Solutions

Too often, you would hear your parents telling you to be an ‘ideal’ kid. What do they mean by that? You better know that! But, when we say ideal and non-ideal solutions, what do we mean? In this chapter, we will study all about ideal and non-ideal solutions. We will look at their properties and examples.

## Raoultâ€™s Law

In 1986, it was a French Chemist, Francois Marte Raoult who proposed a relationship between partial pressure and mole fraction of volatile liquids. According to the law, â€˜the mole fraction of the solute component is directly proportional to its partial pressureâ€™.

On the basis of Raoultâ€™s Law, liquid-liquid solutions can be of two types. They are:

• Ideal Solutions
• Non-ideal Solutions

## Ideal Solutions

The solutions which obey Raoultâ€™s Law at every range of concentration and at all temperatures areÂ Ideal Solutions. We can obtain ideal solutions by mixing two ideal components that are, solute and a solvent having similar molecular size and structure.

For Example, consider two liquids A and B, and mix them. The formed solution will experience several intermolecular forces of attractions inside it, which will be:

• A â€“ A intermolecular forces of attraction
• B â€“ B intermolecular forces of attraction
• A â€“ B intermolecular forces of attraction

The solution is said to be an ideal solution, only when the intermolecular forces of attraction between A â€“ A, B â€“ B and A â€“ B are nearly equal.

### Characteristics of Ideal Solutions

Ideal Solutions generally have characteristics as follows:

• They follow Raoultâ€™s Law. This implies that the partial pressure of components A and B in a solution will beÂ PA = PA0 xA and PB = PB0 xB . Â PA0 and PB0 are respective vapour pressure in pure form. On the other hand, xA and xB are respective mole fractions of components A and B
• The enthalpy of mixing of two components should be zero, that is, Î”mix H = 0. This signifies that no heat is released or absorbed during mixing of two pure components to form an ideal solution
• The volume of the mixing is equal to zero that is, Î”mix V = 0. This means that total volume of solution is exactly same as the sum of the volume of solute and solution. Adding further, it also signifies that there will be contraction or expansion of the volume while the mixing of two components is taking place.
• The solute-solute interaction and solvent-solvent interaction is almost similar to the solute-solvent interaction.

### Examples of Ideal Solutions

• n-hexane and n-heptane
• Bromoethane and Chloroethane
• Benzene and Toluene
• CCl4 and SiCl4
• Chlorobenzene and Bromobenzene
• Ethyl Bromide and Ethyl Iodide
• n-Butyl Chloride and n-Butyl Bromide

## Non-Ideal Solutions

The solutions which donâ€™t obey Raoultâ€™s law at every range of concentration and at all temperatures areÂ Non-Ideal Solutions. Non-ideal solutions deviate from ideal solutions and are also known as Non-Ideal Solutions.

### Characteristics of Non-ideal Solutions

Non-ideal solutions depict characteristics as follows:

• The solute-solute and solvent-solvent interaction is different from that of solute-solvent interaction
• The enthalpy of mixing that is, Î”mix H â‰  0, which means that heat might have released if enthalpy of mixing is negative Â (Î”mix H < 0) or the heat might have observed if enthalpy of mixing is positive (Î”mix H > 0)
• The volume of mixing that is, Â Î”mix V â‰  0, which depicts that there will be some expansion or contraction in the dissolution of liquids

Non-ideal solutions are of two types:

• Non-ideal solutions showing positive deviation from Raoultâ€™s Law
• Non-ideal solutions showing negative deviation from Raoultâ€™s Law

### i) Positive Deviation from Raoultâ€™s Law

Positive Deviation from Raoultâ€™s Law occurs when the vapour pressure ofÂ the component is greater than what is expected in Raoultâ€™s Law. For Example, consider two components A and B to form non-ideal solutions. Let the vapour pressure, pure vapour pressure and mole fraction of component A be PA , PA0 and xA respectively and that of component B be PB , PB0 and xB respectively. These liquids will show positive deviation when Raoultâ€™s Law when:

• PA > PA0 xA and PB > P0B xB, as the total vapour pressure (PA0 xA + P0B xB) is greater than what it should be according to Raoultâ€™s Law.
• The solute-solvent forces of attraction is weaker than solute-solute and solvent-solvent interaction that is, A â€“ B < A â€“ A or B â€“ B
• The enthalpy of mixing is positive that is, Î”mix H > 0 because the heat absorbed to form new molecular interaction is less than the heat released on breaking of original molecular interaction
• The volume of mixing is positive that is, Î”mix V > 0 as the volume expands on the dissolution of components A and B

### Examples of Positive Deviation

Following are examples of solutions showing positive deviation from Raoultâ€™s Law:

• Acetone and Carbon disulphide
• Acetone and Benzene
• Carbon Tetrachloride and Toluene or Chloroform
• Methyl Alcohol and Water
• Acetone and Ethanol
• Ethanol and Water

### Negative Deviation from Raoultâ€™s Law

Negative Deviation occurs when the total vapour pressure is less than what it should be according to Raoultâ€™s Law. Considering the same A and B components to form a non-ideal solution, it will show negative deviation from Raoultâ€™s Law only when:

• PA < PA0 xA and PB < P0B xB as the total vapour pressure (PA0 xA + P0B xB) is less than what it should be with respect to Raoultâ€™s Law
• The solute-solvent interaction is stronger than solute-solute and solvent-solvent interaction that is, A â€“ B > A â€“ A or B â€“ B
• The enthalpy of mixing is negative that is, Î”mix H < 0 because more heat is released when new molecular interactions are formed
• The volume of mixing is negative that is, Â Î”mix V < 0 as the volume decreases on the dissolution of components A and B

## A Solved Question for You

Q: Give some examples of solutions showing negative deviation from Raoult’s Law.

Solution:Â Following are examples of solutions showing negative deviation from Raoultâ€™s Law

• Chloroform and Benzene
• Chloroform and Diether
• Acetone and Aniline
• Nitric Acid ( HNO3) and water
• Acetic Acid and pyridine
• Hydrochloric Acid ( HCl) and water

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