Question #d6ffb

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Jul 5, 2017


Well, (i) more solvent can be added to the solution.......


Or (ii) the solute can more slowly crystallize out to give an unsaturated solution, and (hopefully) some macroscopic crystals at the bottom of the flask.

Remember that #"saturation"# describes an equilibrium condition, and properly describes solution that contains the SAME amount of solute as would be in equilibrium with undissolved solute.

Chemists often layer a saturated solution with a solvent in which the solute is fairly insoluble, and slow diffusion can (sometimes) result in the deposit of a mass of well-formed crystals.

Can you define a #"supersaturated solution"#?