Apparent molar property
An apparent molar property is a intensive quantity associated with a component of a solution that is back-computed from the corresponding property of the whole solution via a mole-weighted sum. For instance, the volume of a single-solute solution can be written as
where V0 is the molar volume of the pure solvent (at the same temperature and pressure as the solution), n0 is the number of moles of solvent, is the apparent molar volume of the solute, and n1 is the number of moles of the solute in the solution. This equation serves as the definition of . The first term is equal to the volume of the same quantity of solvent with no solute, and the second term is the change of volume on addition of the solute. may then be considered as the molar volume of the solute if it is assumed that the molar volume of the solvent is unchanged by the addition of solute. However this assumption must often be considered unrealistic as shown in the Examples below, so that is described only as an apparent value.
Conversely, if we take the molar volume of the solvent as the starting point, the apparent molar volume of the solvent can be defined via:
which emphasizes the change of the volume of the solvent in the mixing process.
Apparent molar properties are not constants (even at a given temperature), but are functions of the composition. At infinite dilution, an apparent molar property and the corresponding partial molar property become equal.
For multicomponent solutions, there is not an unambiguous definition of the apparent molar properties – with two solutes for example, there is still only one equation () to determine the two apparent volumes. (This is in contrast to partial molar properties, which are intrinsic properties of the materials and therefore unambiguously defined in multicomponent systems.)
If the apparent property of the solvent is also included, then q equations can be stated, one for each of the q components of the mixture, from which each apparent property can be calculated. In the case of ternary mixtures, one has
The apparent molar volume of a salt is usually less than the molar volume of the solid salt. For instance, solid NaCl has a volume of 27 cm3 per mole, but the apparent molar volume at low concentrations is only 16.6 cc/mole. In fact, some aqueous electrolytes have negative apparent molar volumes: NaOH -6.7, LiOH -6.0, and Na2CO3 -6.7 cm3/mole. This means that their solutions in a given amount of water have a smaller volume than the same amount of pure water. (The effect is small however.) The physical reason is that nearby water molecules are strongly attracted to the ions so that they occupy less space.
Another example of apparent molar volume being less than the molar volume is the case of ethanol in water. For example, at 20 mass-percent ethanol, the solution has a volume of 1.0326 litres per kg at 20°C, while pure water is 1.0018 L/kg. This gives an apparent molar volume of (1.0326−0.8×1.0018)/0.2/0.04607 or 25.1 cc/mole (1.16 cc/g), whereas pure ethanol has a molar volume at this temperature of 27.5 cc/mole (1.27 cc/g). As the percent ethanol goes up toward 100%, the apparent molar volume rises to the molar volume of pure ethanol.
Electrolyte - non-electrolyte systems
- Volume fraction
- Ideal solution
- Regular solution
- Enthalpy change of solution
- Solvation shell
- Partial molar property
- Excess molar quantity
- Thermodynamic activity
- Herbert Harned and Benton Owen, The Physical Chemistry of Electrolytic Solutions, 1950, p. 253.
- Calculated from data in the CRC Handbook of Chemistry and Physics, 49th edition.
- Apparent Molar Properties: Solutions: Background
- The (p,ρ,T) Properties and Apparent Molar Volumes of ethanol solutions of LiI or ZnCl2
- Apparent molar volumes and apparent molar heat capacities of Pr(NO3)3(aq), Gd(NO3)3(aq), Ho(NO3)3(aq), and Y(NO3)3(aq) at T = (288.15, 298.15, 313.15, and 328.15) K and p = 0.1 MPa