# Unit 3 - Solubility of Ionic Substances. 1. How to tell if a precipitate will form when two solutions of known concentration are mixed.

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1 In Tutorial 11 you will be shown: 1. How to tell if a precipitate will form when two solutions of known concentration are mixed. 2. How to tell if a precipitate will form when a given mass of a solid is added to a solution. 3. How to calculate the maximum possible concentration of an ion in solution, given the concentration of another ion and the Ksp. *************************************************************** Predicting Precipitates When Two Solutions Are Mixed Your solubility table tells you when precipitates form, right? NOT ALWAYS! It tells you which combinations of ions have a solubility of > 0.1 mol/litre! (See bottom of the solubility table.) That is, if the table, for example predicts a precipitate between Ca 2+ ions and SO 4 2- ions, if we mix Ca 2+ ions and SO 4 2- ions in low enough concentrations, a precipitate might not form. The quantity which determines the concentrations of ions allowed before a precipitate will form is the good old Ksp! Let's look at an example: The Ksp for CaCO 3 is 5.0 x The expression for Ksp of CaCO 3 is: Ksp = [Ca2+] [CO 3 2-] This means, that in a saturated solution (just on the verge of precipitating), that 5.0 x 10-9 = [Ca2+] [CO 3 2-] The 5.0 x 10-9 is the most the product of the concentrations of these two ions can be. If we put any more Ca 2+ or CO 3 2- in at this point, the solution can't hold any more, and a precipitate will form. In this Tutorial, we will be looking at adding the two ions, Ca 2+ and CO 3 2- from different sources. In other words, we will mix one solution containing Ca 2+ with another solution containing CO There's nothing that says the [Ca 2+ ] has to equal the [CO 3 2-]! All we know is that if the product, [Ca 2+ ] [CO 3 2-], becomes > 5.0 x 10-9, a precipitate will form. Example: We mix solutions of Ca 2+ and CO 3 2-, so that [Ca 2+ ] = 2.3 x 10-4 M and the [CO 3 2-] = 8.8 x 10-2 M. The Ksp for CaCO 3 is 5.0x Will a precipitate form? Tutorial 5 - Predicting Precipitates and Maximum Ion Concentration Page 1

2 What we calculate at this time is called a "trial ion product (TIP)" or "trial Ksp". We substitute the values of [Ca2+] and [CO3 2- ] into the Ksp expression: Ksp = [Ca2+] [CO3 2- ] Trial Ksp = [Ca2+] [CO3 2- ] Trial Ksp = (2.3 x 10-4) (8.8 x 10-2) Trial Ksp = x 10-5 Now we compare the Trial Ksp with the real value for Ksp : Trial Ksp = x 10-5 The real Ksp = 5.0 x 10-9 Since 10-5 is greater than 10-9, the Trial Ksp > Ksp Now, the Ksp (5.0 x 10-9) told us the maximum the product could be without precipitating. In this case the product of the ion concentrations (2.024 x 10-5) would be much greater than the Ksp (5.0 x 10-9) The solution can't hold this many ions, so the excess ones will precipitate. So, to summarize: When Trial Ksp > Ksp, a precipitate will form. When Trial Ksp < Ksp, a precipitate will NOT form. Now, when two solutions are mixed together the following things happen: 1. In the mixture you have 4 different ions immediately after the solutions mix. Some of these ions might form a compound with low solubility. That is, they might form a precipitate. 2. Both solutions become diluted in each other. The volume of the mixture is the sum of the volumes of the two separate solutions. Let's do an example to show you how all this can be worked out: Tutorial 5 - Predicting Precipitates and Maximum Ion Concentration Page 2

3 50.0 ml of M Ca(NO 3 ) 2 solution is mixed with 150 ml of 2.0 x 10-5 M Na 2 CO 3 solution. Will a precipitate form? 50.0 ml of M Ca(NO 3) ml of x 10 M Na 2CO 3 Ca 2+ NO 3 - Na + 2- CO 3 The Calcium and Nitrate ions from the calcium nitrate and the Sodium and Carbonate ions from the sodium carbonate are all present in the mixture immediately after mixing. The first thing to do here is to consider the four ions which will be in the mixture immediately after mixing. Don't forget to look these up on the ion chart to make sure you have the correct formulas and charges! In this case, the ions appear in the bottom beaker on the diagram above. Now, consider the possible new combinations of these ions: Ca 2+ NO 3 - Na + 2- CO 3 The new combinations could give CaCO 3 or NaNO 3. Looking on the Solubility Table, we find that NaNO 3 is soluble, so it will not form a precipitate. Ca 2+ NO 3 - Na + 2- CO 3 According to the Solubility Table, the other compound CaCO 3 has Low Solubility. This means that it might form a precipitate if the [Ca 2+ ] and the [CO 3 2-] are high enough. The net-ionic equation for dissolving of CaCO 3(s) is: CaCO 3(s) Ca 2+ (aq) + CO 3 2- (aq) Tutorial 5 - Predicting Precipitates and Maximum Ion Concentration Page 3

4 This means that the Ksp expression for CaCO 3 is the following: Ksp = [Ca 2+ ] [CO 3 2-] Look up the Ksp for CaCO 3 on the Ksp table. The Ksp tells us that the product of the [Ca 2+ ] and the [CO 3 2-] cannot be greater than 5.0 x If that product is greater than 5.0 x 10-9 the moment the solutions are mixed, the Ca 2+ ions and the CO 3 2- ions will very quickly react with each other to form the precipitate CaCO 3(s). In other words, a precipitate will form. This will continue to happen until the product of [Ca 2+ ] and [CO 3 2-] is again equal to 5.0 x If the product of [Ca 2+ ] and [CO 3 2-] is less than 5.0 x 10-9 the moment the solutions are mixed, they will not react with each other and a precipitate will NOT form. The product of [Ca 2+ ] and [CO 3 2-] the moment the solutions are mixed, is called the Trial Ksp (or the Trial Ion Product (TIP)) The Trial K sp would have the same expression as the real K sp, only we would use the [Ca 2+ ] and the [CO 3 2-] that were in the beaker right after mixing: Trial K sp = [Ca2+] [CO 3 2-] (Right after mixing) 50.0 ml of M Ca(NO 3) ml of x 10 M Na 2CO 3 Ca 2+ NO 3 - Na + 2- CO 3 The Calcium and Nitrate ions from the calcium nitrate and the Sodium and Carbonate ions from the sodium carbonate are all present in the mixture immediately after mixing. Tutorial 5 - Predicting Precipitates and Maximum Ion Concentration Page 4

5 Now, if we look at the diagram again, we find that the original [Ca 2+ ] in the beaker on the top left is M. When this solution is poured into the lower beaker it is diluted. Remember the Dilution Formula? If you don t, here it is! FC x FV = IC x IV (where F=final, I=initial, C=concentration and V=volume) or FC = IC x IV FV Since 50.0 ml of the Ca(NO 3 ) 2 solution is being mixed with ml of the other solution, the total final volume in the lower beaker will be = ml. So to find the [Ca 2+ ] right after mixing, we use: FC = IC x IV FV FC = x = 8.75 x 10-4 M so right after mixing, the [Ca 2+ ] = 8.75 x 10-4 M Now, looking at the diagram again, you can see that the original [CO 3 2-] in the beaker on the top right is 2.0 x 10-5 M. (The [CO 3 2- ] is the same as the [Na 2 CO 3 ] because each Na 2 CO 3 produces one CO 3 2-). The initial volume of this solution is ml, and when it is mixed, the total volume (FV) is ml. (bottom beaker) So to find the [CO 3 2-] right after mixing, we use: FC = IC x IV FV FC = 2.0 x 10-5 M x = 1.50 x 10-5 M so right after mixing, the [CO 3 2-] = 1.50 x 10-5 M Now, since we have the [Ca 2+ ] and the [CO 3 2-] right after mixing, we can calculate the Trial K sp! Wow! We re almost there! Trial K sp = [Ca2+] [CO 3 2-] (Right after mixing) Trial K sp = (8.75 x 10-4) (1.50 x 10-5 ) = 1.3 x 10-8 Looking way back at the beginning of the problem on page 3, we see that: Tutorial 5 - Predicting Precipitates and Maximum Ion Concentration Page 5

6 The real Ksp for CaCO 3 is 5.0 x 10-9 Since 1.3 x 10-8 > 5.0 x 10-9 Trial K sp > K sp So YES, a precipitate will form! That seems like an awful lot of work just to get a yes or no answer! On a test question of this type, you never get full marks for just the answer (after all you have a 50% chance just by guessing!). You must show all your work. Even on a multiple choice question, you will have to know the Trial K sp and the yes/no answer *********************************************************** Predicting Precipitates When a Solid is Added to a Solution Let s do this with an example. Follow through this very carefully and make sure you understand all the points as you go along. Will a precipitate form if 2.6 grams of K 2 CO 3 is added to ml of a 2.0 x 10-3 M solution of Mg(NO 3 ) 2? SOLUTION: Use a quick little ion box to decide what your products will be and which one (or ones) have low solubility. The two possible products are KNO 3 and MgCO 3. KNO 3 is soluble so that will not form a precipitate. The only possible precipitate is MgCO 3 (which has low solubility.) So, like in the previous type of question, we would find the Trial K sp for MgCO 3 and compare it to the real K sp. To do this, we must find the [Mg 2+ ] and [CO 3 2-] immediately after mixing. The initial [Mg(NO 3 ) 2 ] is 2.0 x 10-3 M and the volume of the solution is ml. 200 ml of 2.0 x 10-3 M Mg(NO 3 ) 2 Tutorial 5 - Predicting Precipitates and Maximum Ion Concentration Page 6

7 Now, here s an important point! Adding a small amount of a solid to a large volume (eg. 200 ml) of a liquid solution will not significantly affect the total volume or the initial concentration of the solution until a reaction occurs. 2.6 grams of solid K 2 CO 3 is only about a spoonful and we can assume that the ml volume of the solution will not change enough to worry about. (See the diagram below.) We can also assume that the [Mg 2+ ] (which is equal to the [Mg(NO 3 ) 2 ] ) does not change. So the [Mg2+] after mixing is 2.0 x 10-3 M. This is the same as it was before mixing because there was no liquid added to the original solution, only a small amount of a solid, which would not affect the volume or the original amount of Mg g of K 2 CO 3 So now we know that the [Mg 2+ ] after mixing is 2.0 x 10-3 M. What we need to find now is the [CO 3 2] immediately after mixing. We can then put these into the K sp expression and calculate the Trial K sp. So far, all we know about the CO 3 2- is that we have added 2.6 grams of solid K 2 CO 3 to ml of the Mg(NO 3 ) 2 solution and that this little bit of solid does not significantly affect the volume of the solution. (Nothing like repetition to drive a point home!) So, basically, we have the grams of K 2 CO 3 and we have to find [CO 3 2-]. Remembering some Chemistry 11, we can use the following flow chart: x 1 mole MM grams M = m o l e s L Grams Moles Molar Concentration Tutorial 5 - Predicting Precipitates and Maximum Ion Concentration Page 7

8 K CO 2 3 MM = 2(39.1) (16.0) = We can now do the first step of the process and change from grams to moles: 2.6 grams x 1 mol = moles g The next step will be to use the equation : M = mol/l to find the Molar Concentration of K 2 CO 3. Remember, the volume of the solution we are putting the little bit of solid into is ml and we can assume the volume does not change when the solid is added: 2.6 g of K 2 CO 3 Again, with our solid basis in Chemistry 11, we remember that ml = L (NOTE: We don t worry that the liquid is a solution of Mg(NO 3 ) 2 instead of pure water. This doesn t matter until the reaction actually occurs (if it does).) So we can now calculate the [K 2 CO 3 ] M = mol = mol = M L L Now, because each mole of K 2 CO 3 gives 1 mole of CO 3 2- ( K 2 CO 3(s) 2K + (aq) + CO 3 2- (aq) ) we know that [CO 3 2-] = [K 2 CO 3 ] = M We can now plug the [Mg 2+ ] and the [CO 3 2- ] after mixing into the K sp expression and obtain the Trial K sp. (Remember on the top of page 9, we found that the [Mg 2+ ] was 2.0 x 10-3 M.) Tutorial 5 - Predicting Precipitates and Maximum Ion Concentration Page 8

9 Trial K sp = [Mg2+] [CO 3 2-] = (2.0 x 10-3 ) ( ) Trial K sp = 1.9 x 10-4 Now, we compare the Trial K sp (1.9 x 10-4) with the real K sp (6.8 x 10-6 ): (The K sp for MgCO 3 is 6.8 x This was on the Ksp Table!) Trial K sp > K sp, therefore a precipitate DOES form! Calculating the Maximum Possible Concentration of an Ion in Solution This section of this tutorial deals with finding out how much of one ion can be present in solution if there is a certain amount of another one. Example: Imagine a saturated solution of AgCl. Ag + Cl - Ag + Cl - A Saturated Solution of AgCl You can see by the diagram that in a saturated solution, for every Ag + or Cl - which leaves the solid, another one goes back to the solid. The equation which represents this equilibrium is: AgCl (s) Ag + (aq) + Cl - (aq) Once the solution is saturated (at equilibrium), there is a limited number of Ag + and Cl - ions which can exist dissolved in the solution. What do you think tells us this limit? You may have guessed it; the K sp! The K sp for AgCl is 1.8 x The K sp expression is: K sp = [Ag+] [Cl-] Tutorial 5 - Predicting Precipitates and Maximum Ion Concentration Page 9

10 What this tells us is that: The maximum product of the concentrations : [Ag+] x [Cl-] cannot exceed 1.8 x So what do you think might happen if we tried to test this rule by adding more Ag + or Cl - ions to the solution? Would it blow up and kill us all (that would teach us a lesson!) or what? Well, if we added some Ag + or Cl - ions, the product [Ag + ] x [Cl - ] would be higher than 1.8 x for a very short time. (At this point it would not be at equilibrium any more!) But what would happen then is the excess Ag + or Cl - ions in solution would precipitate onto the crystal (solid), until the product [Ag + ] x [Cl - ] in the solution was again equal to 1.8 x 10-10, and equilibrium was again established. Now, here s something to ponder: You know that if you just put some solid AgCl in water at 25 C, that some of it will dissociate until the product [Ag + ] x [Cl - ] is equal to K sp (1.8 x ). AgCl (s) Ag + (aq) + Cl - (aq) From the equation above, you can see that for every Ag + ion, you get one Cl - ion. So in this particular case, [Ag + ] = [Cl - ] But, let s say that to some water at 25 C, we add some Ag + ions and some Cl - ions from different sources! Let s say, for example that we add some AgNO 3. This is soluble, so it forms Ag + and NO 3 - ions. Now let s say, we add some NaCl. This is also soluble, so it forms Na + and Cl - ions. In this case the Na + and the NO 3 - ions are spectators, so we ll forget about them and concentrate on the others: Ag + and Cl -. Ag + NO 3 - Na + Cl - Cl - ( NO -) 3 Ag + ( Na + ) NOTE: The Na + and the NO - 3 ions have brackets because they are spectators. Tutorial 5 - Predicting Precipitates and Maximum Ion Concentration Page 10

11 Now, here s an extremely important point: When they are coming from different sources, there s nothing that says that the [Ag + ] and the [Cl - ] have to be equal. For example, you might have a little bit of AgNO 3 solution and a lot of the NaCl solution or vise versa. What does matter is: Once the product of the concentrations [Ag + ] x [Cl - ] exceeds the K sp (1.8 x ), a precipitate of AgCl (s) will form until the product is again equal to 1.8 x (This is equilibrium.) So, hopefully you can see that it is the PRODUCT of their concentrations that matters. If [Ag + ] is relatively high, then [Cl - ] would have to be low enough so that their product did not exceed K sp. If you tried to put any more in, it would just precipitate and form more solid AgCl. So in this way, the maximum possible concentration of one ion (eg. Cl - ) depends on the concentration of the other ion (eg. Ag + ). There are several types of problems which can be solved with an understanding of the concepts that you just read about. Let s do some examples: Example: Calculate the maximum possible [I - ] in a solution in which [Ag + ] is 1.0 x 10-5 M. Solution: The solution to this problem is incredibly easy! First, write the equilibrium equation and the K sp expression: AgI(s) Ag+ (aq) + I- (aq) Ksp = [Ag+] [I-] Next, realize that when [I - ] is at it s maximum, you will be at equilibrium. So the product [Ag + ] x [I - ] will just be equal to the K sp. You know what K sp is and you know what [Ag + ] is, so just substitute these in to the K sp expression and solve for [I - ]. Look up the Ksp for AgI on the Ksp table. It is 8.5 x Ksp = [Ag+] [I-] 8.5x = (1.0 x 10-5 ) x [I-] So: [I-] = 8.5 x x 10-5 [I-] = 8.5 x M Tutorial 5 - Predicting Precipitates and Maximum Ion Concentration Page 11

12 Now, looking at the results of this problem, you know that: - if [I - ] in this solution is less than 8.5 x M, the solution will be unsaturated. - if the [I - ] is just equal to 8.5 x M, the solution will be saturated. - if more I - is added, if will react with some Ag + and some AgI (s) precipitate will form. Notice, that in this case [Ag + ] is 1.0 x 10-5 M and [I - ] is 8.5 x M. They are NOT equal. That is because they came from different sources. They didn t just come from solid AgI dissolving. ****************************************************************** Sometimes precipitation reactions are used to remove certain ions from solutions. This may be done as a form of pollution control. We can use K sp to find out how much of a certain ion might still be left in solution. Read through the next example: Example: A waste solution from a certain industrial process contains M Cu 2+ ions. In order to collect the Cu 2+ from the solution for recycling, some OH - ions are added to produce a precipitate of Cu(OH) 2. OH - ions are added until the excess [OH - ] is 2.0 x 10-3 M. Calculate the [Cu 2+ ] remaining in the solution. The Ksp for Cu(OH) 2 is 1.6 x Solution: Don t be concerned about the word excess. It just means that the [OH - ] at the end of the procedure was 2.0 x 10-3 M. You might think that ALL the Cu 2+ ions will be used up if an excess of OH - is added to precipitate them. But remember that ANY precipitate has some solubility, even if it is very low. The first thing we do is write the equilibrium equation for the dissolving of Cu(OH) 2. This seems strange as the Cu(OH) 2 is actually being formed rather than dissolved. But the K sp is always based on the equation written as dissolving (ie. the ions are on the right side of the equation!) Cu(OH)2 (s) Cu 2+ (aq) + 2OH - (aq) Next, we write out the K sp expression. (Of course, being careful to make the coefficient 2, an exponent!) Ksp = [Cu 2+ ] [OH - ] 2 The original concentration of the Cu 2+ (which is M ) is interesting but it is not really needed to answer this problem. You have the [OH - ] at the end and you have the K sp. That s all you need to calculate the [Cu 2+ ] at the end. Just substitute the [OH - ] and the K sp into the K sp expression and solve for the [Cu 2+ ] : Tutorial 5 - Predicting Precipitates and Maximum Ion Concentration Page 12

13 Ksp = [Cu 2+ ] [OH - ] x = [Cu 2+ ] x (2.0 x 10-3 ) 2 Solving for [Cu 2+ ]: [Cu 2+ ] = 1.6 x (2.0 x 10-3 ) 2 [Cu 2+ ] = 1.6 x x 10-6 [Cu 2+ ] = 4.0 x M This shows that the amount of Cu 2+ ions left in the solution after this procedure is indeed very small. This would be a lot less harmful to the environment than the original [Cu 2+ ] which was M. The precipitate of Cu(OH) 2 which was formed in this process would undergo some process to recover the copper. **************************************************************************** Sometimes problems are given which require a couple more steps. Here s an example: Example: 5.0 Litres of tap water has a [Ca 2+ ] of M. Calculate the maximum mass of sodium carbonate (Na 2 CO 3 ) which can be added without forming a precipitate of CaCO 3. Solution: The Ca 2+ ions are going to precipitate with the CO 3 2- ions in the sodium carbonate which is added. The Na + ions are spectators. Even though there is a precipitation here, we write the equilibrium equation for the dissolving of CaCO 3 (Remember the K sp refers to the dissolving equilibrium.) : CaCO 3(s) Ca 2+ (aq) + CO 2-3 (aq) Then, as you might guess, we write out the K sp expression: K sp = [Ca 2+ ] [CO 2-3 ] We look up and substitute in the K sp and the [Ca 2+ ]: Then we solve for [CO 3 2- ] : 5.0 x 10-9 = ( ) [CO 3 2- ] [CO 3 2- ] = 5.0 x 10-9 ( ) [CO 3 2- ] = 8.33 x 10-7 M Tutorial 5 - Predicting Precipitates and Maximum Ion Concentration Page 13

14 We now have the Molar Concentration of CO 2-3 ions and we need to find the mass of Na 2 CO 3. Remember the volume of the sample is 5.0 Litres. First, we convert Molar Concentration (M) of CO 3 2- into moles, using the equation: moles = M x Litres moles = 8.33 x 10-7 moles/l x 5.0 L moles = x 10-6 moles of CO 3 2- Since one Na 2 CO 3 forms one CO 3 2-, the moles of Na 2 CO 3 will be the same as the moles of CO 3 2- ions. moles of Na 2 CO 3 = x 10-6 moles In order to convert moles to grams (mass), we must first calculate the Molar Mass of Na 2 CO 3 : Na 2 CO 3 Molar Mass = 2(23.0) (16.0) = g/mol Now, we can calculate the grams (mass) of Na 2 CO 3 : Mass = x 10-6 moles x grams 1 mole Mass = x 10-4 grams So the maximum mass of Na 2 CO 3 which can be added without causing a precipitate would be 4.4 x 10-4 grams. (Rounded to 2 SD s) Finding Which Precipitate Will Form First Sometimes a solution is added to another solution with a mixture of ions. You may be asked to determine which precipitate will form first. Again, that extremely useful K sp will help you with this. Let s look at an example first: M NaI is added dropwise to a solution containing 1.0 M Ag + and 1.0 M Cu +. Which precipitate will form first? Solution: First recognize that the Na + ions in the NaI does not form any precipitates (it is soluble in everything.) and it is a spectator ion. The I - ion forms a precipitate with Ag + and with Cu +. Look up the Ksp s of AgI and CuI. Tutorial 5 - Predicting Precipitates and Maximum Ion Concentration Page 14

15 Short-Cut Method for Multiple Choice Only! Although we don t encourage short-cuts, one is possible here if you understand K sp and what it means. This method only works if both ions in the dissociation equation have the same coefficient. (ie. They are both the same type of compound (Both AB or both AB 2 ) eg. AgI (s) Ag + (aq) + I - (aq) (Both Ag + and I - have a coefficient of 1 ) CuI (s) Cu + (aq) + I - (aq) (Both Cu + and I - have a coefficient of 1 ) We look up the Ksp s on the Ksp table: AgI Ksp = 8.5 x These are both AB compounds CuI K sp = 1.3 x Since the AgI has a lower K sp, you can reason that it must also have a lower solubility. So this means that if you add I - ions to a solution containing both Ag + and Cu + ions, the one with LOWER solubility will precipitate first. This is because it s K sp will be reached first because it is lower. So the precipitate AgI will be formed first. A Better Method! This method is better because it is easier to understand and it can be used for any two precipitates, whatever the coefficients in their dissociation equations are! This would be the only method if one precipitate is an AB compound and the other is an AB 2 compound. It is also the required method for written response type questions or problems. First, have a look at this diagram to help you understand what s going on. Only the ions involved in forming precipitates are shown. The spectators are left out to make it simpler.: Tutorial 5 - Predicting Precipitates and Maximum Ion Concentration Page 15

16 Dropper with I - solution I - Ag + Cu + The [I - ] in the beaker starts out as 0 and gradually increases as the solution is added dropwise. When the [I - ] becomes high enough so that the product [Ag + ][I - ] is greater than the Ksp for AgI, that precipitate will start to form. When the [I - ] becomes high enough so that the product [Cu + ][I - ] is greater than the Ksp for CuI, that precipitate will start to form. Here is the question again: M NaI is added dropwise to a solution containing 1.0 M Ag + and 1.0 M Cu +. Which precipitate will form first? Look up Ksp s: (AgI Ksp = 8.5 x CuI Ksp = 1.3 x ) Knowing the K sp s we can calculate the [I - ] needed to just start the formation of the precipitate AgI. We do it like the following: AgI (s) Ag + (aq) + I - (aq) K sp = [Ag + ] [I - ] 8.5 x = (1.0) x [I - ] ( [Ag + ] was given in the problem.) [I - ] = 8.5 x = 8.5 x M 1.0 So the [I - ] needed to just start precipitation with Ag + is 8.5 x M. In a similar way, we can calculate the [I - ] needed to start precipitation of CuI: CuI (s) Cu + (aq) + I - (aq) K sp = [Cu + ] [I - ] 1.3 x = (1.0) x [I - ] ([Cu + ] was given in the problem.) Tutorial 5 - Predicting Precipitates and Maximum Ion Concentration Page 16

17 1.3 x = (1.0) x [I - ] [I - ] = 1.3 x = 1.3 x M 1.0 So the [I - ] needed to just start precipitation with Cu + is 1.3 x M. As the I - ions are slowly added dropwise, their concentration in the beaker starts out as 0 and gradually increases. The value 8.5 x needed for formation of AgI is less than 1.3 x which is needed for the formation of CuI. The smaller value, 8.5 x 10-17, will be reached first, (as it starts out as 0 and gradually increases.) Therefore: The precipitate AgI will form first: Ag + (aq) + I - (aq) AgI (s) When the Ag + is all used up by the I -, the [I - ] can start building up again. Once the [I - ] reaches the higher value of 1.3 x 10-12, the precipitate CuI will start forming: Cu + (aq) + I - (aq) CuI (s) Tutorial 5 - Predicting Precipitates and Maximum Ion Concentration Page 17

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