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What are ideal and non-ideal solutions? Explain with suitable diagram the behaviour of ideal solutions.

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Ideal solutions:  The solutions which obey Raoult’s law over the entire range of concentration are known as ideal solutions. Ideal solutions are formed by mixing the two components which are identical in molecular size, in structure and have almost identical intermolecular forces.


1. Benzene and toluene

2. n – Hexane and n-Heptane 

3. Chiorobenzene and bromobenzene.


1. They must obey Raoult’s law. 

2. ∆H mixing should be zero. 

3. ∆W mixing should be zero, i.e. volume change on mixing is zero.

Non – ideal solutions:  The solutions which do not obey Raoult’s law are called non-ideal solutions. In case of non – ideal solutions there is a change in volume and heat energy when the two components are mixed.


1. They does not obey Raoult’s law. 

2. ∆Vmix ≠ 0 

3. ∆Hmix ≠ 0

Behaviour of Ideal Solutions: A plot of P1 or P2 versus the mole fraction x1 and x2 for an ideal solution gives a linear plot. These Lines (I and II)pass through the points and respectively when x1 and x2 is equal to unity.

Similarly the plot (Line III) of Ptoal versus x2 is also linear. The minimum value of is P1° and the maximum value is P2° , assuming that component 1 is less volatile than component 2, i.e. P1° < P20.

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