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Explain about the factors that are responsible for deviation from Raoult’s law.

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1. Solute-solvent interactions: 

For an ideal solution, the interaction between the solvent molecules (A – A), the solute molecules (B – B) and between the solvent and solute molecules (A – B) are expected to be similar. if these interactions are dissimilar, there will be a deviation from ideal behaviour.

2. Dissolution of solute: 

When a solute present in a solution dissociates to give its constituent ions, the resultant ions interact strongly with the solvent and causes deviation from Raoult’s law. e.g., KCI in water deviates from ideal behaviour due to dissociation as K+ and Cl- ion which form strong ion-dipole interaction with water molecules.

3. Association of solute: 

Association of solute molecules can also cause deviation from ideal behaviour. For example in solution acetic acid exists as a dimer by forming intermolecular hydrogen bonds and hence deviates from Raoult’s law.

4. Temperature: An increase in temperature of the solution increases the average kinetic energy of the molecules present in the solution which cause decrease in the attractive force between them. As result, the solution deviates from Raoult’s law. 

5. Pressure: 

At high pressure, the molecules tends to stay close to each other and therefore there will be an increase in their intermolecular attraction. Thus a solution deviates from Raoult’s law at high pressure. 

6. Concentration:

When the concentration is increased by adding solute, the solvent-solute interaction becomes significant. This causes deviation from Raoult’s law.

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