Fraction of solute in two layers

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In summary, the equation for the fraction of a solute in layer 1 of the 2 layers formed by two immiscible liquids is (KD*V1)/((KD*V1)+V2), where KD is the distribution coefficient for the solute between the two liquids, V1 is the volume of liquid in layer 1, and V2 is the volume of liquid in layer 2. This equation takes into account the concentration of the solute in both layers and the ratio of their volumes in order to determine the fraction of the solute present in layer 1.
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Derive the following equation for the fraction of a solute in layer 1 of the 2 layers formed by two immiscible liquids;

Fraction of solute in layer 1 = (KD*V1)/((KD*V1)+V2)

where KD=Distribution coefficient for the solute between chemical in V1 and chemical in V2
V1=Volume of liquid in layer 1
V2=Volume of liquid in layer 2

I understand that to find the fraction of A in the total A+B you simply divide A by A+B. But how does the distribution coefficient fit into this?
 
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Distribution coefficient is a ratio of concentrations.
 
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yes i have that information, I am having trouble understanding how to incorporate it into the expression for the fraction of solute in each of the layers of liquid at equilibrium. Essentially i want to know where this equation comes from. Any ideas/ answers would be greatly appreciated :biggrin:
 
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Write equations describing your system. Definitions of fractions won't hurt either.
 
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Using the definition of KD being ratio of concentrations in the 2 layers, try writing KD in terms of solute present in the 2 layers, A & B and the volumes V1 & V2

With the equation that you've made and A/(A+B) you should be able to slove this quite neatly
 

1. What is a fraction of solute in two layers?

A fraction of solute in two layers refers to the proportion of a substance (solute) that is present in each of two distinct layers of a solution. This can be calculated by dividing the amount of solute in one layer by the total amount of solute in both layers.

2. How is the fraction of solute in two layers measured?

The fraction of solute in two layers can be measured using various methods, such as spectrophotometry or chromatography. These techniques involve separating the layers of the solution and quantifying the amount of solute in each layer.

3. What factors can affect the fraction of solute in two layers?

The fraction of solute in two layers can be affected by several factors, including the solubility of the solute in each layer, the temperature of the solution, and the presence of other substances that may interact with the solute.

4. Why is the fraction of solute in two layers important?

The fraction of solute in two layers is important because it provides information about the distribution of a substance in a solution. This can be useful in various scientific applications, such as determining the effectiveness of a separation technique or understanding the behavior of a particular substance in a solution.

5. How can the fraction of solute in two layers be manipulated?

The fraction of solute in two layers can be manipulated by altering the conditions of the solution, such as changing the temperature or adjusting the pH. It can also be manipulated by using different separation techniques to selectively remove or concentrate the solute in one layer.

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