Molarity is a measure of the concentration of a solute dissolved per liter (dm3) of solution. It is the most used unit of concentration. It is also called the molar concentration of the solution. It is represented by the capital letter ‘M’ and its unit is mol/dm3. For instance, if you have 2 moles of salt (solute) dissolved in 1000 milliliters of water (solvent), the molarity of the solution would be 2 moles/dm3.
Molarity is widely used because it is related to the mass of the solute and moles of the solute, and the total volume of the solution. It depends upon temperature and pressure because changes in temperature and pressure affect the volume of the solution.
Molarity is used to express the concentration of a wide variety of substances, including acids, bases, and other chemicals.
The formula of molarity
The most commonly used formula for molarity is
Molarity= mass/molar mass x 1/volume of solutions in dm3
Its unit is mol/dm3 or mol dm-3. We can also write it as mol L-1.
How to calculate the molarity?
Molarity is calculated by dividing moles of solute by the liter of solution. There are different formulas for molarity calculations. Using these formulas we can calculate the molarities of liquid, stock solutions, and standardized solutions.
Calculating the molarity of 1.186g of BaCl2.2H2O dissolved in 300 mL of solution.
Mass of solute = 1.186g
Volume of solution = 300mL or 0.3L
The molar mass of BaCl2.2H2O = 244.3 g/mol
Molarity= mass/molar mass x 1/volume of solutions in dm3
= 1.186/244.3 x 1/0.3
Hence, the molarity of BaCl2.2H2O is 0.016 M
How to prepare a 5.0 L solution of 0.1M NaOH?
Molarity = 0.1 M
Volume of solution = 5 dm3
Molar mass of NaOH = 40 g/mol
grams of solute =?
By rearranging the equation (i)
Mass = molarity x molar mass x volume of solution
= 0.1 x 40 x 5
So, by adding 20 grams of NaOH in 5L water we can prepare 5.0L of 0.1M NaOH.
Formula for molarity of a stock solution
We can calculate the molarity of the stock solution by using the percentage purity (%P) and density of that solution.
Molarity= (percentage purity x density x 10) ÷ (molar mass) – (ii)
How to Calculate the molarity of 37% of the HCl solution.
Percentage purity of HCl = 37%
The density of HCl = 1.18 g/mL
Molecular Mass = 36.5 g/mol
By using equation (ii)
Molarity = (37 x 1.18 x 10) ÷ (36.5)
Molarity= 11.9 mol/dm3
The formula used to find out the unknown molarity of the solution using titration
- M1 is the molarity of titrant
- V1 is the volume of titrant used
- M2 is the molarity of the analyte
- V2 is the volume of the analyte solution
This formula is commonly used for titrimetric calculations and also for the standardization of solutions. Using this formula, we can find the unknown molarity of known solutions. During titration, we have two solutions. One of the solutions is with known volume but unknown molarity whereas, the second solution is of known molarity and unknown volume.
Standardization of 30 mL of HCl with 1.0M solution of sodium hydroxide (NaOH)
The average volume used is 15 mL this is calculated after performing an acid-base titration
M1 = 1.0M
V1= 15 cm3
V2 = 30 cm3
M2 = ?
By putting values in the formula we can calculate the molarity of HCl,
Similarly, we can use this formula to make a solution of the required molarity. For example, we have to prepare 500 mL 2.0 M HCl.
Molarity of solution to prepare (M1) = 2.0 M
The volume of the solution to prepare (V1) = 500 cm3
Molarity of (37%) stock solution (M2) = 11.96 g/ mol
The required volume of stock solution (V2) =?
Putting values in formula
2.0 x 500 = 11.96 x V2
So we need 83.6 mL of 37% HCl to make 500 mL of 2.0 M of HCl.
Factors affecting molarity
Molarity depends upon the temperature because it deals with the volume of the solution. It is inversely proportional to the temperature.
As the temperature increases the molarity decreases. This is due to an increase in the volume of the solution whereas the amount of solute remains constant. In fact, the volume of the solution is inversely proportional to the molarity of the solution. So, upon heating, the volume increase to decrease the molarity of a solution.
Molarity is also affected by changes in pressure. Molarity is directly proportional to the pressure.
As the pressure increases it decreases the volume of the solution but the amount of solute remains constant. That will ultimately increase the molarity of the solution.
How to calculate molar mass?
Molar mass is calculated by adding the individual masses of all the atoms of molecules. For example,
The molar mass of H2O is calculated as:
Mass of H =1.007 g/mol
Mass of O = 16 g/mol
Now add them as
So the molar mass of H2O is 18 g/mol.
What is the molar mass of CO2?
The molar mass of CO2 is 44 g/mol.
How can we prepare one molar solution?
We can prepare one molar solution by slowly dissolving the formula weight (in grams) of solute in a solvent and making up a volume of one liter.
How to make one molar solution of NaOH?
Dissolve 40g of NaOH in water and make a volume of upto 1000ml (1L).
Differentiate between molarity and molality.
Molarity is the measure of moles of solute per liter of solution whereas molality is the measure of moles of solute per kilogram of solvent.
Normality is the number of grams equivalent of solute per dm3 of solution. It is also known as equivalent concentration. It is represented by the capital letter N.
Does a change in temperature affect the molarity of the solution?
Yes, the molarity of the solution decreases when the temperature of the solution.
What is meant by one molar solution?
One molar solution is the one mole of solute dissolved in one liter of solution.
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