Question #17171

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Jul 27, 2015


Molarity: 9.9 M


In order to determine the molarity of a 31% w/w hydrochloric acid (muriatic acid) solution, you need to know its density.

At #20^@"C"#, the density of your solution is about #"1.16 kg/L"#. (

To make the calculations easier, use a 1.0-L sample of solution.

A solution's percent concentration by mass is defined as the mass of the solute, in your case hydrochloric acid, divided by the total mass of the solution, and multiplied by 100.

#"% w/w" = "mass of solute"/"mass of solution" * 100#

So, you know that your solution is 31% w/w, which means that you get 31 g of solute, in your case hydrochloric acid, for every 100 g of solution.

Since you know what the density of the solution is, use its volume to determine its mass

#1.0color(red)(cancel(color(black)("L"))) * "1.16 kg"/(1.0color(red)(cancel(color(black)("L")))) = "1.16 kg"#

Expressed in grams, this is equal to

#1.16color(red)(cancel(color(black)("kg"))) * "1000 g"/(1color(red)(cancel(color(black)("kg")))) = "1160 g"#

The mass of hydrochloric acid you get from this solution is

#1160color(red)(cancel(color(black)("g solution"))) * "31 g HCl"/(100color(red)(cancel(color(black)("g solution")))) = "359.6 g HCl"#

Since molarity is defined as moles of solute per liters of solution, use hydrochloric acid's molar mass to determine how many moles you have

#359.6color(red)(cancel(color(black)("g"))) * "1 mole HCl"/(36.461color(red)(cancel(color(black)("g")))) = "9.86 moles HCl"#

Therefore, the solution's molarity will be

#C = n/V = "9.86 moles"/"1.0 L" = color(green)("9.9 M")#