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Concepts of Solutions for JEE Main Chemistry

In Chemistry, when you have a mix of two or more things where the particles are tinier than 1nm and are evenly spread out, it's called a solution. Usually, we talk about this in relation to liquids, but it can also be for gases or solids. For instance, the air we breathe is a solution because it mainly has oxygen and a bit of nitrogen and other tiny bits. Another example is alloys, where different metals are mixed together in a solid form.

Even though a solution is a blend of different things, it looks like one uniform substance. In simpler terms, everything in a solution is spread out evenly. Think of it like when you're sipping a soft drink – the taste stays the same from the first sip to the last, showing that the stuff in the drink is evenly mixed, or homogeneous.

In this article, we will learn what are solutions, the types of solutions, properties of solutions and so on. So, read on and explore all about solutions in Chemistry.


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What is Solution?

In chemistry, a solution is a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances. The components of a solution are distributed uniformly throughout the mixture, and they cannot be separated by physical means. The substance that is present in the largest amount is called the solvent, while the other substances are called solutes.

Characteristics of Solutions

A solution is a mixture of two or more different components. Out of these, one substance is always a component in which the other component dissolves. That is, one substance is a solvent and others are called solutes which dissolve in the solvent. So, the solvent is the substance which dissolves other substances in it, such as water. Water is also called the universal solvent because it dissolves most of the other particles in nature. The quantity of solvent is larger than the quantity of solute.

Solute, on the other hand, is the substance or component which is usually present in lower quantities than the solvent and it gets dissolved in the solvent.

Examples Of Solutions

Given below are some of the solution examples:

1.Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.

2. The air around us is an example of a gaseous form of solution.

3. Sugar syrup is a solution of sugar in water. Water is the solvent and sugar are the solutes in this case.

4. Coffee or tea is also an example of a solution.

5. Carbonated drinks are solutions of water as a solvent and carbon dioxide and other ingredients as solutes.

6. Tincture of iodine has alcohol as the solvent and iodine as the solute.

Solution Examples in Your Everyday Life

Solutions are ubiquitous in our everyday lives. Here are a few examples of solutions:

  • Air: Air is a solution of gases, primarily nitrogen and oxygen.

  • Water: Water is a solution of various substances, including salts and minerals.

  • Blood: Blood is a solution of cells, proteins, and other substances.

  • Gasoline: Gasoline is a solution of hydrocarbons.

  • Sugar Water: Sugar water is a solution of sugar and water.

Types Of Solutions

Liquid solutions with water as the solvent are the most often found solutions around us. But gaseous and solid solutions are also quite abundant in nature. A solute or a solvent may be in any state of matter- gases, liquids, or solids. So, depending upon the physical state, solutions can be classified into various types.








Alloys like brass (made up of zinc and copper), bronze (Made up if tin, copper and other elements), Steel (Made of iron, carbon and other elements), etc.




The solution of sugar, salt in water, etc.




Sublimation of substances like iodine, camphor is an example of solid-liquid solution




Mercury in amalgamated zinc




Alcoholic beverages, ethanol in water, benzene in toluene, etc.




Water vapor in the air




Hydrogen absorbed in palladium that is used for H2 Storage




Aerated drinks, Seltzer water which is also CO2 gas in water, etc.




Air, natural gas, etc.

Expressing Concentration of Solutions and Vapor Pressure

In the world of chemistry, expressing the concentration of a solution is crucial for understanding its properties and behaviors. There are several methods to quantify this concentration, each offering unique insights. Additionally, the vapor pressure of solutions is a vital parameter, and Raoult's Law provides insights into its behavior.

Methods for Expressing Concentration:

Molality (m): Molality is defined as the number of moles of solute per kilogram of solvent. It is an excellent choice for expressing concentration when dealing with changes in temperature since it is independent of temperature.

Molality =  Moles of Solute / Mass of Solvent in Kg

Molarity (M): Molarity represents the number of moles of solute per liter of solution. Molarity is a convenient way to prepare solutions with a specific volume in mind, but it can change with temperature due to volume changes.

Molarity =  Moles of Solute / Volume of Solution in Liter

To learn more about Molality and Molarity you can check Vedantu’s page on Molarity and Molality - Important Concepts for JEE. 

Mole Fraction (X): Mole fraction is the ratio of the number of moles of solute to the total number of moles in the solution. It is a dimensionless quantity and provides information about the solute's contribution to the overall properties of the solution.

Mole Fraction of a Component = Number of Moles of the Component / Total Number of Moles of all Components of the Solution

Percentage (by Mass and by Volume): Percentage by mass is the mass of the solute divided by the total mass of the solution, multiplied by 100. Percentage by volume is the volume of the solute divided by the total volume of the solution, multiplied by 100.

Mass by Volume Percentage = Mass of Solute Dissolved in 100mL of the Solution.

Vapor Pressure of Solutions and Raoult's Law:

It was given by French Chemist Francois Marte Raoult in 1886. Raoult’s law states that for a solution of volatile liquids, the partial vapor pressure of each component of the solution is directly proportional to its mole fraction present in the solution.

The vapor pressure of a solution is influenced by the presence of solute particles. Raoult's Law describes this relationship for ideal solutions. It states that the vapor pressure of a component in a solution is directly proportional to its mole fraction.

If we take a binary solution of two volatile liquids and those two components are denoted by components A and B. Then, for component A –

PA ∝ xA

pA = pA° xA

Where PA = partial vapor pressure of the component of A, xA = mole fraction of component A, pA° = vapor pressure of the pure component A at the same temperature. 

For component B –

pB = pB°  xB

Where PB = partial vapor pressure of the component of B, xB = mole fraction of component B, PB° = vapor pressure of the pure component B at the same temperature. 

Total Pressure

According to Dalton’s law of partial pressures, the total pressure (ptotal) over the solution phase in the container will be the sum of the partial pressures of the components of the solution. So, it can be written as –

Ptotal  = pA + pB

On substituting the values of pA and pB –

Ptotal = pA° xA + pB° xB

Ptotal = (1 - xB) pA° + pB° xB

Ptotal = pA° + (pB° - pA°)xB

Following Conclusions can be Drawn from the Above Equation 

Total vapor pressure over the solution can be related to the mole fraction of any one component of the solution. 

Total vapor pressure over the solution varies linearly with the mole fraction of component B. 

Depending on the vapor pressures of the pure components A and B, total vapor pressure over the solution decreases or increases with the increase of the mole fraction of component A.

Raoult’s Law can Also be Stated as Follows 

The partial pressure of each volatile component (or gas) in the solution is directly proportional to its mole fraction. 

Based on Raoult’s law, the liquid-liquid solution can be classified into the following two types –

  • Ideal solutions

  • Non – ideal solutions 

If you want to know more about the importance, deviations, and limitations of Rasult’s Law, check out Vedantu’s page on Rault’s law. 

Ideal and Non-Ideal Solutions:

Ideal Solutions: In ideal solutions, the interactions between solute-solute, solvent-solvent, and solute-solvent molecules are similar. The vapor pressure follows Raoult's Law precisely.

Non-Ideal Solutions: In non-ideal solutions, the interactions between molecules differ from those in ideal solutions. This leads to deviations from Raoult's Law. Non-ideal behavior can manifest as positive or negative deviations, indicating stronger or weaker interactions, respectively, in the mixture.

Do you want to know more about how Ideal and Non-ideal solutions related to Rault’s law? Check out Vedantu’s page on Ideal and Non-Ideal Solutions Raoult's Law For JEE. 

Vapor Pressure-Composition Plots:

Vapor pressure-composition plots illustrate how the vapor pressure of a solution changes with varying solute concentrations. In ideal solutions, the plot is a straight line, while in non-ideal solutions, it deviates from linearity.

Colligative Properties of Dilute Solutions:

Colligative properties are properties of solutions that depend on the number of solute particles rather than their nature. These include:

Relative Lowering of Vapor Pressure: The presence of solute particles lowers the vapor pressure of the solvent. This is used in techniques like osmometry to determine molecular masses.

Depression of Freezing Point: Adding a solute depresses the freezing point of a solvent. This is utilized in antifreeze solutions for vehicles.

Elevation of Boiling Point: The boiling point of a solvent is raised when a solute is added. This is evident in the preparation of concentrated sulfuric acid.

Osmotic Pressure: Osmotic pressure is the pressure required to prevent the flow of solvent into a more concentrated solution through a semipermeable membrane. It's a key parameter in osmosis and has applications in cell biology and chemical separation processes.

Relative Lowering of Vapor Pressure 

Raoult established that lowering of vapor pressure does not depend on the identity of solute particles; instead , it only depends on the concentration of solute particles. We can write –

P1 = x1 p1°

The Vapor pressure of the pure solvent will be more than that of the solvent. So, we can write change in vapor pressure as follows –

∆p1 = p1°  - p1 

= p1° - p1°  x1

= p1° (1 - x1)

As we know x2 = 1 - x1 so, we can write –

∆p1 = x2 p1°

If a solution contains many non – volatile solutes, then the lowering of the vapor pressure depends on the sum of mole fraction of different solutes. So, the above equation can be written as –

∆p1/p1° = (p1°- p1)/p1° = x2 ---------(1)

In the above equation, the left-hand side equation is called relative lowering of vapor pressure which is equal to the mole fraction of the solute. 

As x2 = n2\(n1+n2)so, the equation (1) can be written as follows –

(p1°- p1)/p1° = n2\(n1+n2)

n1 = number of moles of solvent in the solution , n2 = number of moles of solute in the solution 

For a Highly Diluted Solution

For a highly diluted solution, n1 > > n2, so n2 can be neglected as it’s a very small value. Thus, we can write –

(p1°- p1)/p1° = n2/n1

As we know number of moles = mass/molar mass so, we can write –

(p1°- p1)/p1° = (w2/M2)/(w1/M1)

(p1°- p1)/p1° = (w2/M2) x (M1/w1)

Where w1 and M1 are the mass and molar mass of solute while w2 and M2 are the mass and molar mass of solute. 

Elevation of Boiling Point 

Elevation of boiling point also depends only on the number of solute particles instead of the nature of the solute particles. 

If the boiling point of the pure solvent is Tb° and the boiling point of solution is Tb. Elevation of boiling point will be –

∆Tb = Tb - Tb° 

According to the results of the experiments, for dilute solutions, the elevation of the boiling point is directly proportional to the molal concentration of the solute in a solution.  Thus, we can write –

∆Tb  ∝ m 

On removing the proportionality –

∆Tb = Kbxm

Where, m = molality, Kb = Boiling point elevation constant or molal elevation constant or Ebullioscopic constant. Its unit is K kg/ mol.

If w2 and M2 are the mass and molar mass of solute which are dissolved in the w1 gram of solvent. 

m = (w2/M2)/(w1/1000) = (1000 x w2)/(M2 x w1)

∆Tb = (Kb x 1000 x w2)/(M2 x w1)

M2 = (Kb x 1000 x w2)/(∆Tbx w1)

Depression of Freezing Point 

The solution shows depression of freezing point compared to the pure solvent. 

Freezing Point 

The freezing point can be defined as the temperature at which the vapor pressure of the substance in its liquid phase is equal to its vapor pressure in the solid phase.

When we add some non – volatile solids to the solvent, its vapor pressure decreases (Raoult’s law). Due to decrease in vapor pressure, it becomes equal to solid at lower temperature. Therefore, the freezing point of the solvent decreases.  

Depression in Freezing Point

∆Tf= Tf* - Tf 

Where Tf* = freezing point of pure solvent, Tf = freezing point of the solvent when a non - volatile solute is dissolved in it.

Depression of freezing point for dilute solution is directly proportional to molality of the solution. It can be expressed as –

∆Tf ∝ m  

∆Tf = Kf m

Where, ∆Tf = depression of freezing point, m = molality, Kf = Freezing point depression constant or molal depression constant or cryoscopic constant.

If w2 and M2 are the mass and molar mass of solute which are dissolved in the w1 gram of solvent. 

m = (w2/M2)/(w1/1000) = (1000 x w2)/(M2 x w1)

∆Tf = (Kf x 1000 x w2)/(M2 x w1)

M2 = (Kf x 1000 x w2)/(∆Tfx w1)

Osmosis and Osmotic Pressure 

The process of movement of the solvent across a semipermeable membrane towards a higher concentration of solute is called osmosis. Osmotic pressure is the minimum pressure required or applied to a solution to halt the flow of its pure solvent across a semipermeable membrane. Osmotic pressure is also a colligative property. It depends on the concentration of the solute in the solution. It is expressed as follows –


π = iCRT 

Where, π = osmotic pressure 

i = van’t Hoff factor

C = molar concentration of the solute in the solution 

R = universal gas constant 

T = temperature 

When the pressure is applied more than that of osmotic pressure, then pure solvent starts flowing out of the solution through the semipermeable membrane. This phenomenon is called reverse osmosis. 

Experimental values of molar masses sometimes differ from the theoretical values of molecular masses (calculated from the colligative properties of solutions). These values are known as abnormal molar masses. 

Determination of Molecular Mass using Colligative Properties:

Colligative properties, like relative lowering of vapor pressure and osmotic pressure, can be used to determine the molecular mass of a solute. By measuring the colligative property and applying mathematical relationships, the molecular mass can be calculated.

Abnormal Value of Molar Mass, Van’t Hoff Factor, and Its Significance:

The van't Hoff factor (i) represents the number of particles into which a solute dissociates in a solution. Sometimes, the van't Hoff factor is higher or lower than expected, indicating the presence of associated or aggregated particles. Understanding these deviations is essential for accurately predicting a solution's behavior and properties. It is particularly important in areas such as pharmaceuticals and industrial chemistry. Check Vedantu’s page to know more about Van't Hoff Factor Equation and Abnormal Molar Mass. 

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The "Solutions" chapter plays a crucial role in the JEE curriculum, offering essential insights into how solutions behave. It covers various concentration methods, vapor pressure, colligative properties, and Raoult's Law, forming the foundation of physical chemistry. Mastering this chapter is vital for JEE aspirants, enhancing problem-solving and analytical skills. This knowledge extends beyond exam success, proving invaluable for academic and professional pursuits. A solid understanding of this chapter prepares students to navigate competitive exams effectively, making it an indispensable part of JEE preparation. Clearly, the "Solutions" chapter serves as a fundamental stepping stone to success.

FAQs on Solutions Chapter - Chemistry JEE Main

1. What is a Saturated Solution?

Ans: If a solution at a given temperature is no more able to dissolve any more solute in the solvent, it is said to be saturated. Upon saturation, any additional amount of solute added to the solution leads to the formation of a precipitate or is led off as a gas.

2. What are the properties of Solution?

Ans: Any type of solution has some specific properties. They are as follows-

A solution is a homogeneous mixture.

  • Every particle in the solution is not more than 1nm in diameter. This means that the particles of a solution are too small.

  • Because of the tiny size, the particles of a solution are not visible unless under a microscope.

  • A beam of light gets refracted, absorbed or reflected while passing through a solution, this is because the particles in the solution do not scatter the light. So, the path of light is not visible.

  • Solutes in a solution do not form sediment and hence, it is not possible to separate the solute particles from the solution.

  • The components of the solution can neither be filtered out using filtration.

  • A solution is a stable mixture.

3. What is the concentration of a Solution?

Ans: The quantity of solute in a given solution gives the concentration of the solution. The solvent is always present in greater proportion than the solute. However, the quantity of solute present in the solution decides whether the solution is diluted, concentrated, or saturated.

The concentration of a solution can be found out by formula-

  1. The concentration of solution= Amount of solute/Amount of solution

  2. The concentration of solution= Amount of solute/Amount of solvent

4. What are colligative properties, and why are they important in this chapter?

Colligative properties, like freezing point depression and osmotic pressure, depend on solute particles rather than their nature. Understanding these properties aids in problem-solving and real-world applications.

5. How does Raoult's Law explain vapor pressure in solutions?

Raoult's Law states that the vapor pressure of a component in a solution is proportional to its mole fraction. It helps understand vapor pressure in ideal solutions.

6. What are the key practical applications of the "Solutions" chapter in real life?

This chapter's principles are applied in various fields, including pharmacy (drug formulations), chemical engineering (process design), and environmental science (pollution control).

7. How can I effectively prepare for the "Solutions" chapter in JEE exams?

To excel, understand the underlying concepts, practice problem-solving, and utilize resources like textbooks, online tutorials, and practice tests. Focus on mastering the various concentration methods and colligative properties.