Sample Study Sheet: Describing How to Make Solutions

Tip-off  You are asked to describe how to make a solution of a specific molarity.

General Steps  The first step is to ask yourself whether you are starting with pure solid or with a more concentrated solution.

If you are starting with pure solid, click here to see the procedure.

If you are starting with a more concentrated solution, follow the steps listed below. (You will be given the volume and molarity desired for the more dilute solution, and you will be given the molarity of the more concentrated starting solution.)

Calculate the requisite volume of the more concentrated solution. This can be done with dimensional analysis or with the shortcut for dilution problems. (Click here to see a Sample Study Sheet for these problems.

A sample dimensional analysis setup is below. 

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Describe the process for making the solution along the following general lines:

  • Add (calculated) volume of the more concentrated solution to a volume-measuring instrument.  
  • Add water until the volume reaches the desired total.

Click here to see Example #1.

Click here to see Example #2.

Click here to see Example #4.

Click here to see Exercise #1.

Click here to see Exercise #3.

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