Dilution of Solutions

– In this subject, we will discuss the Dilution of Solutions and Dilution Law.

Dilution of Solutions

Dilution of Solutions

– Concentrated solutions are often stored in the laboratory stockroom for use as needed.

– Frequently we dilute these “stock” solutions before working with them. 

– Dilution of solution is the procedure for preparing a less concentrated solution from a more concentrated one.

– Suppose that we want to prepare 1 L of a 0.400 M KMnO4 solution from a solution of 1.00 M KMnO4.

– For this purpose, we need 0.400 mole of KMnO4.

– Because there is 1.00 mole of KMnO4 in 1 L of a 1.00 M KMnO4 solution, there is 0.400 mole of KMnO4 in 0.400 L of the same solution:

– Therefore, we must withdraw 400 mL from the 1.00 M KMnO4 solution and dilute it to 1000 mL by adding water (in a 1-L volumetric flask).

– This method gives us 1 L of the desired solution of 0.400 M KMnO4

Dilution of Solutions

Dilution law 

– In carrying out a dilution process, it is useful to remember that adding more solvent to a given amount of the stock solution changes (decreases) the concentration of the solution without changing the number of moles of solute present in the solution.

Dilution of Solutions

 In other words,

moles of solute before dilution = moles of solute after dilution

Molarity is defined as moles of solute in one liter of solution, so the number of moles of solute is given by:

Dilution of Solutions

– Because all the solute comes from the original stock solution, we can conclude that n remains the same; that is,

– Mi and Mf are the initial and final concentrations of the solution in molarity, respectively

– Vi and Vf are the initial and final volumes of the solution, respectively.

– Of course, the units of Vi and Vf must be the same (mL or L) for the calculation to work.

– To check the reasonableness of your results, be sure that Mi > Mfand Vf > Vi.

Solved problems on Dilution of Solutions

Describe how you would prepare 5.00 × 102 mL of a 1.75 M H2SO4 solution, starting with an 8.61 M stock solution of H2SO4.


– Because the concentration of the final solution is less than that of the original one, this is a dilution process.

– Keep in mind that in dilution, the concentration of the solution decreases but the number of moles of the solute remains the same.


We prepare for the calculation by tabulating our data:

Dilution of Solutions

– Thus, we must dilute 102 mL of the 8.61 M H2SO4 solution with sufficient water to give a final volume of 5.00 × 102 mL in a 500-mL volumetric flask to obtain the desired concentration.


– The initial volume is less than the final volume, so the answer is reasonable.

  • Reference: Chemistry / Raymond Chang, Williams College /(10th edition).

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