4.1 Solutions and Electrolytes
Chad's General Chemistry Videos
Chad's Ultimate General Chemistry Course
- Comprehensive Video Lectures
- Covers 21 Chapters
- Expanded Outlines (70 pages)
- 90 Practice Quizzes
- Video Quiz Solutions
- 3 Practice Final Exams
- Over 1200 Practice Questions
- In-Lesson Discussions
What is a Solution?
A solution is composed of a solvent and one or more solutes.
The solvent is a liquid and is present in a higher concentration than any of the solutes.
The solute is dissolved in the solvent. It can be a solid, liquid, or gas.
What are Electrolytes?
Electrolytes dissolve in water to form ions making the solution electrically conductive. They include ionic compounds, acids, and bases.
Strong electrolytes dissociate into ions completely.
Weak electrolytes dissociate into ions only partially.
Nonelectrolytes can dissolve in water but don’t form ions.
How to Identify Electrolytes?
1. Soluble Ionic Compounds
2. Strong Acids ((HCl, HBr, HI, HClO4 HClO3, H2SO4, HNO3)
3. Strong Bases (Group I metal hydroxides, Ba(OH)2, Sr(OH)2, Ca(OH)2)
1. Weak Acids (ex. HF, HCN, CH3COOH, etc.)
2. Weak Bases (ex. NH3, CH3NH2, etc.)
Molecular compounds (except acids/bases) (ex. C6H12O6 and CH3OH)