Conductance of electrolytic solution Specific conductance ... Weak electrolytes are only feebly ionized

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  • Session Objectives

    • Conductance of electrolytic solution

    • Specific conductance, Molar conductance

    • Kohlrausch's law

  • Electrolytes

    Substances whose aqueous solution does not conduct electricity are called non electrolytes.

    Examples are solutions of cane sugar, glucose, urea etc.

    Substances whose solution in water conducts electric current. Conduction takes place by the movement of ions.

    Examples are salts, acids and bases.

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  • Types of Electrolytes

    Strong electrolyte are highly ionized in the solution.

    Examples are HCl, H2SO4, NaOH, KOH etc

    Weak electrolytes are only feebly ionized in the solution. Examples are H2CO3, CH3COOH, NH4OH etc

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  • Difference between electronic & electrolytic conductors

    (3) Conduction increases with increase in temperature

    (3) Conduction decreases with increase in temperature

    (2) Flow of electricity is due to the movement of ions

    (2) Conduction is due to the flow of electron

    (1)Flow of electricity takes place by the decomposition of the substance.

    (1) Flow of electricity take place without the decomposition of substance.

    Electrolytic conductorsElectronic conductors

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  • Resistance refers to the opposition to the flow of current.

    For a conductor of uniform cross section(a) and length(l); Resistance R,


    l Where is called resistivity or specific resistance. Its SI units is Ohm metre (Ωm)


    R l

    R A

    R = ρ x l/A

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  • Conductance The reciprocal of the resistance is called conductance. It is denoted by G.


    Conductors allows electric current to pass through them. Examples are metals, aqueous solution of acids, bases and salts etc.

    Insulators do not allow the electric current to pass through them. Examples are pure water, urea, sugar etc.

    Unit of conductance is ohm-1 or mho or Siemen(S)

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  • Specific conductance 1  

    Specific Conductivity

    Unit of specific conductance is ohm–1cm–1 SI Unit of specific conductance is Sm–1 where S is Siemen

    l/A is known as cell constant

    Conductance of unit volume of cell is specific conductance.

    K = l


    K = x Condactance l A

    But ρ = x R A l

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  • Metallic and Electrolytic Conductance

    • Electrical conductance through metals is called metallic or electronic conductance and is due to the movement of electrons. The electronic conductance depends on

    • (i) the nature and structure of the metal

    • (ii) the number of valence electrons per atom

    • (iii) temperature (it decreases with increase of temperature).

    • The conductance of electricity by ions  present in the solutions is called  electrolytic or ionic conductance. The  conductivity of electrolytic (ionic)  solutions depends on: 

    • (i) the nature of the electrolyte added  • (ii) size of the ions produced and their 

    solvation  • (iii) the nature of the solvent and its 

    viscosity  • (iv) concentration of the electrolyte  • (v) temperature (it increases with the 

    increase of temperature). 

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  • Measurement of the Conductivity of Ionic Solutions

    R = ρ l A = ρ

    l кA

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  • Measurement of Resistance

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  • Molar Conductivity

    The conductivity of solutions of different electrolytes in the same solvent and at a given temperature differs due to

    ● charge and size of the ions in which they dissociate, ● the concentration of ions or ease with which the ions

    move under a potential gradient. ● It, therefore, becomes necessary to define a physically

    more meaningful quantity called molar conductivity denoted by the symbol Λm (Greek, lambda).

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  • Molar Conductivity

    • Molar Conductivity , m is related to the conductivity Λ of the solution by the equation:

    Λm = Κ c

    units of Λ m are in Sm 2mol –1 and Scm 2 mol –1.

  • It is the conductance of a solution containing 1 mole of the electrolyte in V cc of solution. it is represented as Λ.

    Molar conductance

    Where V = volume solution in cc ΛMolar conductance k = Specific conductance

    M = molarity of the solution.

    =k x 1000/M

    Λ = k x V

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  • Exercises

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  • Effect of Dilution on Conductivity

    Specific conductivity decreases on dilution.

    molar conductance increases with dilution and reaches a maximum value.

    The conductance of all electrolytes increases with temperature.

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  • Illustrative Example The resistance of 0.01N NaCl solution at 250C is 200 ohm. Cell constant of conductivity cell is unity. Calculate the equivalent conductance and molar conductance of the solution.


    Conductance of the cell=1/resistance =1/200 =0.005 S.

    Specific conductance=conductance x cell constant =0.005 x 1 =0.005 S cm-1

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  • Solution Cont.

    Molar Conductivity = Equivalent conductivity x n-factor = 500 x 1 = 500 ohm-1mol-1cm2

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  • Kohlrausch’s Law

    The law states that “limiting molar conductivity of an electrolyte can be represented as the sum of the individual contributions of the anion and cation of the electrolyte..”

    In general, if an electrolyte on dissociation gives ν+ cations and ν– anions then its limiting molar conductivity is given by:

    Λ Λ °°mm = ν = ν ++ λ λ 0 0

    ++ + ν + ν –– λ λ 00 ––

    Here, λ0 + and λ

    0 − are the limiting molar conductivities of the cation and

    anion respectively.

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  • Strong Electrolyte And Weak Electrolyte

    For strong electrolytes, Λm increases slowly with dilution and can be represented by the equation: Λm = Λm

    ° – A c 1⁄2

    a straight line with intercept equal to Λ m

    ° and slope equal to ‘–A’.

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  • Weak electrolytes like acetic acid have lower degree of dissociation at higher concentrations and hence for such electrolytes, the change in Λm with dilution is due to increase in the degree of dissociation

    Λm increases steeply on dilution, especially near lower concentrations. Therefore, Λm

    ° cannot be obtained by extrapolation of Λm to zero concentration.

    At infinite dilution (i.e., concentration c → zero) electrolyte dissociates completely (α =1),but at such low concentration the conductivity of the solution is so low that it cannot be measured accurately.

    Weak electrolytes

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  • Application of Kohlrausch’s law

    (2). For obtaining the equivalent conductivities of weak electrolytes at infinite dilution.

    (1). It is used for determination of degree of dissociation of a weak electrolyte.



      

     0


    v represents equivalent conductivity at infinite dilution.

    represents equivalent conductivity at dilution v.


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  • Exercise

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    PowerPoint Presentation Session Objectives Electrolytes Types of Electrolytes Difference between electronic & electrolytic conductors Resistance Conductance Specific Conductivity Slide 9 Slide 10 Slide 11 Slide 12 Slide 13 Molar conductance Slide 15 Effect of Dilution on Conductivity Illustrative Example Solution Cont. Kohlrausch’s Law Slide 20 Slide 21 Application of Kohlrausch’s law Slide 23 Slide 24