What is Solubility?
Solubility is the amount of the substance (ionic or others) soluble to make a saturated solution at a specified temperature and in a fixed volume of solvent. Solubility changes with the nature of the substance, solvent, temperature, presence of common ions.
Sparingly soluble substances have very low solubility (AgCl, BaSO4) in water. Being ionic substances, in spite of the low solubility, it can be considered to form a saturated solution and the ions are in equilibrium with the undissolved solid.
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Equilibrium constant of dissociation
Silver chloride being solid, the concentration is taken to be constant, such that, a new equilibrium constant, can be considered.
For a sparingly insoluble salt of general formula, AxBy
The value is constant for the substance and varies only with temperature.
Significance of Solubility Product
- Presence of common ion may affect the equilibrium and hence the concentration (solubility) but not solubility product.
- Precipitation of the solutes occurs when the ionic product exceeds the Ksp.
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Relationship Between Solubility and Solubility Product
At equilibrium C Cx Cy
Ksp = [xAY+ ]x[yBx-]y = [Cx]x [Cy]y = [C]x [x]x [C]y [y]y
Ksp = [C]x [C]y [x]x [y]y = [C]x+y [x]x [y]y
Ksp = [S]x+y [x]x [y]y S is the solubility= C= mole/l
Solubility = [S]x+y =
Example: For silver chromate,
Ksp = (2S)2 S = 4S3