# Question #d6ffb

Jul 5, 2017

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

#### Explanation:

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 $\text{saturation}$ 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 $\text{supersaturated solution}$?