Osmotic pressure and
noted the striking resemblance between the behaviour of dilute solutions and
gases. He concluded that, a substance in solution behaves exactly like gas and
the osmotic pressure of a dilute solution is equal to the pressure which the
solute would exert if it is a gas at the same temperature occupying the same
volume as the solution. Thus it is proposed that solutions also obey laws
similar to gas laws.
1.Boyle's - Vant Hoff law
The osmotic pressure (Pi) of the solution at
temperature is directly propositional to the concentration (C) of the solution.
Pi Dir. Props to C at constant T
C = Molar concentration
2. Charle's - Vant Hoff
constant concentration the osmotic pressure(Pi) is directly proportional to the
dirc.Prop.to T at constnt C.
these two laws,
Pi = CRT
Where R is
the gas constant.
Determination of molecular weight by osmotic
The osmotic pressure is a colligative property
as it depends, on the number of solute molecules and not on their identity.
of known concentration is prepared by dissolving a known weight (W2)
of solute, in a known volume (V dm3) of the solvent and its osmotic
pressure is measured at room temperature(T).
Since Pi =
C = n2/ V
= number of moles of solute / Volume of the solution in dm3
Pi = W2
R T / M2V
W2 R T / Pi V
Thus M2, molecular weight of the
solute can be calculated by measuring osmotic pressure value.
osmotic pressure by Berkley-Hartley method
The osmotic pressure of a solution can be
conveniently measured by Berkley - Hartley method. The apparatus (Fig.)
consists of two concentric tubes. The inner tube (a) is made of semipermeable
two side tubes. The outer tube (b) is made of gun metal which contains the
solution. The solvent is taken in the inner tube. As a result of osmosis, there
is fall of level in the capillary indicator (d) attached to the inner tube. The
external pressure is applied by means of a piston (e) attached to the outer
tube so that the level in the capillary indicator remains stationary at (d).
This pressure is equal to the osmotic pressure (p) and the solvent flow from inner to outer tube is also stopped.
Advantages of this
The osmotic pressure is recorded directly and
the method is quick.
There is no change in the concentration of the
solution during the measurement of osmotic pressure.
The osmotic pressure is balanced by the external pressure and there is minimum strain on the semipermeable membrane.