# Ideal binary solutions and their characteristics

This page deals with Raoult's Law and how it applies to mixtures of two volatile liquids. It covers cases where the two liquids are entirely miscible in all proportions to give a single liquid - NOT those where one liquid floats on top of the other immiscible liquids. The page explains what is meant by an ideal mixture and looks at how the phase diagram for such a mixture is built up and used.

If you haven't already read the page about saturated vapour pressureyou should follow this link before you go on. Use the BACK button on your browser to return to this page when you are ready. An ideal mixture is one which obeys Raoult's Law, but I want to look at the characteristics of an ideal mixture before actually stating Raoult's Law. The page will flow better if I do it this way around.

There is actually no such thing as an ideal mixture! However, some liquid mixtures get fairly close to being ideal. These are mixtures of two very closely similar substances. In a pure liquid, some of the more energetic molecules have enough energy to overcome the intermolecular attractions and escape from the surface to form a vapour. The smaller the intermolecular forces, the more molecules will be able to escape at any particular temperature.

If you have a second liquid, the same thing is true. At any particular temperature a certain proportion of the molecules will have enough energy to leave the surface. In an ideal mixture of these ideal binary solutions and their characteristics liquids, the tendency of the two different sorts of molecules to escape is unchanged. You might think that the diagram shows only half as many of each molecule escaping - but the proportion of each escaping is still the same.

That means that there are only half as many of each sort of molecule on the surface as in the pure liquids. If the proportion of each escaping stays the same, obviously only half as many will escape in any given time. If the red molecules still have the same tendency to escape as before, that must mean that the intermolecular forces between two red molecules must be exactly the same as the intermolecular forces between a red and a ideal binary solutions and their characteristics molecule.

Exactly the same thing is true of the forces between two blue molecules and the forces between a blue and a red. They must also be the same otherwise the blue ones would have a different tendency to escape than before. If you follow the logic of this through, the intermolecular attractions between two red molecules, two blue molecules or a red and a blue molecule must all be exactly the same if the **ideal binary solutions and their characteristics** is to be ideal.

This is why mixtures like hexane and heptane get close ideal binary solutions and their characteristics ideal behaviour. They are similarly sized molecules and so have similarly sized van der Waals attractions between them. However, they obviously aren't identical - and so although they get close to being ideal, they aren't actually ideal. When you make any mixture of liquids, you have to break the existing intermolecular attractions which needs energyand then remake new ones which releases energy.

That means that an ideal mixture of two liquids will have zero enthalpy change of mixing. If the temperature rises or falls when you mix the two liquids, then the mixture isn't ideal.

**Ideal binary solutions and their characteristics** may have come cross a slightly simplified version of Raoult's Law if you have studied the effect of a non-volatile solute like salt on the vapour pressure of solvents like water.

The definition below is the one to use if you are talking about mixtures of two volatile liquids. In any mixture of gases, each gas exerts its own pressure. This is called its partial pressure and is independent of the other gases present.

Even if you took all the other gases away, the remaining gas would still be exerting its own partial pressure. The total vapour pressure of the mixture is equal to the sum of the individual partial pressures. The P o values are the vapour pressures of A and B if they were on their own as pure liquids. That is exactly what it says it is - the fraction of the total number of moles present which is A or B.

Suppose you had a mixture of 2 moles ideal binary solutions and their characteristics methanol and 1 mole of ethanol at a particular temperature. The vapour pressure of pure methanol at this temperature is 81 kPa, and the vapour pressure of pure ethanol is 45 kPa. You can easily find the partial vapour pressures using Raoult's Law - assuming that a mixture of methanol and ethanol is ideal. In practice, this is all a lot easier than it looks when you first meet the definition of Raoult's Law and the equations!

Suppose you have an ideal mixture of two liquids A and B. Each of A and B is making its own contribution to the overall vapour pressure of the mixture - as we've seen above. Suppose you double the mole fraction of A in the mixture keeping the temperature constant. According to Raoult's Law, you will double its partial vapour pressure.

If you triple the mole fraction, its partial vapour pressure will triple - and so on. In other words, the partial vapour pressure of A at a particular temperature is proportional to its mole fraction.

If you plot a graph of the partial vapour pressure of A against its mole fraction, you will get **ideal binary solutions and their characteristics** straight line.

These diagrams and the ones that follow only work properly if you plot the partial vapour pressure of a substance against its mole fraction. If you plot it ideal binary solutions and their characteristics its mass or its percentage by mass, you don't get a straight line. Instead, you get a slight curve. This is a result ideal binary solutions and their characteristics the ideal binary solutions and their characteristics the maths works.

You don't need to worry about this unless you come across a diagram for ideal mixtures showing these plots as curves rather than straight lines.

Non-ideal mixtures will produce curves - see below. If you find curves for an ideal mixture, look careful at the labelling on the graph - and then go and find another book.

Presenting a graph in that way is just plain misleading! Now we'll do the same thing for B - except that we will plot it on the same set of axes. The mole fraction of B falls as A increases so the line will slope down rather than up. As the mole fraction of B falls, its vapour pressure will fall at the same rate. Notice ideal binary solutions and their characteristics the vapour pressure of pure B is higher than that of pure A.

That means that molecules must break away more easily from the surface of B than of A. B is the more volatile liquid. First, because the intermolecular forces in the two liquids aren't exactly the same, they aren't going to form a strictly ideal mixture. However, if we make them identical, it would turn out that everything else we say in this topic would be completely pointless!

Secondly, the choice of which of these liquids is the more volatile is totally arbitrary. I could equally well have drawn a different diagram where A was the more volatile and had the higher vapour pressure. I could also have ideal binary solutions and their characteristics the mole fraction scale with pure A on the left-hand side and pure B on the right. All of this, of course, will mean that these diagrams and all those that follow could look subtly different if you find them from different sources.

It is really important with this to understand what is going on, otherwise you risk getting seriously confused. To get the total vapour pressure of the mixture, you need to add the values for A and B together at each composition. The net effect of that is to give you a straight line as shown in the next diagram.

Following on from the last note: For non-ideal mixtures, these straight lines become curves. For a nearly ideal mixture, they are near enough straight lines - that's the assumption we are working on here.

The less ideal the mixture is, the more curved the lines become. This is dealt with in more detail on another page. I'm not giving you a link to that at the moment, because you shouldn't visit that page until you've finished this one - it would be too scary! If a liquid has a high vapour pressure at a particular temperature, it means that its molecules are escaping easily from the surface. If, at the same temperature, a second liquid has a ideal binary solutions and their characteristics vapour pressure, it means that its molecules aren't escaping so easily.

What does that imply about the boiling points of the two liquids? Don't read on until you have tried to think this out! There are two ways of looking at this.

Choose whichever seems easiest to you. It doesn't matter how you work this out - it is the result that is important. If the molecules are escaping easily from the surface, it must mean that the intermolecular forces are relatively weak. That means that you won't have to supply so much heat to break them completely and boil the liquid. The liquid with the higher vapour pressure at a particular temperature is the one with the lower boiling point.

Liquids boil when their vapour pressure becomes equal to the external pressure. If a liquid has a high vapour pressure at some temperature, you won't have to increase the temperature very much until the vapour pressure reaches the external pressure. On the other hand if the vapour pressure is low, you will have to heat it up a lot more to reach the ideal binary solutions and their characteristics pressure.

B has the higher vapour pressure. That means that it will have the lower boiling point. If that isn't obvious to you, go back and read the last section again! For mixtures of A and B, you might perhaps have expected that their boiling points would form a straight line joining the two points we've already got. Take great care drawing this curve. The boiling point of B is the lowest boiling point.

Don't let your curve droop below this. That happens with certain non-ideal mixtures and has consequences which are explored on another page. To make this diagram ideal binary solutions and their characteristics useful and finally get to the phase diagram we've been heading towardswe are going to add another line. This second line will show ideal binary solutions and their characteristics composition of the vapour over the top of any particular boiling liquid.

In chemistry, an ideal solution or ideal mixture is a solution with thermodynamic properties analogous to those of a mixture of ideal gases. The enthalpy of mixing is zero [1] as is the volume change on mixing by definition; the closer to zero the enthalpy of mixing is, the more "ideal" the behavior of the solution becomes. The vapor pressure of the ideal binary solutions and their characteristics obeys Raoult's lawand the activity coefficient of each component which measures deviation from ideality is equal to one.

The concept of an ideal solution is fundamental to chemical thermodynamics and its applications, such as the use of colligative properties.

Ideality of solutions is analogous to ideality for gaseswith the important difference that intermolecular interactions in liquids are strong and cannot simply be neglected as they can for ideal gases. Instead we assume that the mean strength of the interactions are the same between all the molecules of the solution. If the molecules are almost identical chemically, e. Since the interaction energies between A and B are almost equal, it follows that there is a very small overall energy enthalpy change **ideal binary solutions and their characteristics** the substances are mixed.

The more dissimilar the nature of A and B, the more strongly the ideal binary solutions and their characteristics is expected to deviate from ideality. Different related definitions of an ideal solution have been proposed. This definition depends on vapor pressures which are a directly measurable property, at least for volatile components.

This equation for the chemical potential can be used as an alternate definition for an ideal solution. However, the vapor above the solution may not actually behave as a mixture of ideal gases. An equivalent statement uses thermodynamic activity instead of fugacity. Since the enthalpy of mixing solution is zero, the change in Gibbs free energy on mixing is determined solely by the entropy of mixing. Hence the molar Gibbs free energy of mixing is. The equation above can be expressed in terms of chemical potentials of the individual components.

Deviations from ideality can be described by the use of Margules functions or activity coefficients. A single Margules parameter may be sufficient to describe the properties of the solution if the deviations from ideality are modest; such solutions are termed regular.

In contrast to ideal solutions, where volumes are strictly additive and mixing is always complete, the volume of a non-ideal solution is not, in general, the simple sum of the volumes of the component pure liquids and solubility is not guaranteed over the whole composition range. By measurement of densities thermodynamic activity of components can be determined.

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A binary system is a particular case of the more general Multicomponent System in which only two components are present. Such systems are sometimes called mixtureswith the implication that both substances present are to be treated on equal footing, and sometimes as solutionsin which the excess component is called the solvent and ideal binary solutions and their characteristics other, the solute. The thermodynamics, however, contain much in common and for the most part, one need not distinguish between them.

The general characteristic of binary systems is that when, say, two liquids are mixed together at the same pressure and temperature, the extensive properties volume, enthalpy, entropy, etc. Nevertheless, it is convenient to ascribe part of the volume, ideal binary solutions and their characteristics, to component 1 and the rest to component 2.

There is no unique way in which this can be done, but one way which is useful to thermodynamics is via partial molar quantities. For example, the partial molar volume of component i is defined as:. On this basis, the total volume of the binary mixture is:.

If we differentiate this equation, partially with respect to each of the mole fractions and invoke the Gibbs-Duhem Equationit becomes:. A similar set of equations can be obtained for the other extensive thermodynamic properties, but the quantities involved are usually less experimentally accessible. One partial molar quantity of particular importance is the Chemical Potential:.

The thermodynamics of binary systems is intimately linked with the desire to predict the thermodynamic properties of such systems. There exists a hierarchy of methods for making these predictions, ranging from the extremely simple, but limited in scope, to the highly complex, but of wide applicability. The simplest case is that of the ideal mixture.

This is defined as one for which:. It follows from this definition that: Note that whereas enthalpies and volumes are additive, this is not true for G and S. It can be shown from the above that C p and C vthe heat capacity at constant pressure and at constant volume, respectively, are also additive.

In the gas phase, it is often sufficient to work at a low enough pressure, say ambient, in order for the approximation of an ideal mixture to be ideal binary solutions and their characteristics. However, more stringent conditions apply for the liquid phase. In general, the ideal mixture approximation only applies when the molecular species present are very similar.

When the ideal **ideal binary solutions and their characteristics** approximation is inadequate, more precise expressions must be used for the partial molar quantities. See, for example, Activity CoefficientFugacity. For example, the partial molar volume of component i is defined as: