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Membrane problem

  1. Sep 10, 2004 #1
    consider the following situation
    a rigid sealed container is divided into 2 separate compartments (compartment a on the left and compartment b on the right) by an almost perfectly rigid barrier (ie a membrane), the membrane lets the water through but not the solutes

    compartment a has all water and no solute
    compartment b has part water and part solute but it contains mostly water

    how would i go about finding the state of equilibrium for the system (assume Temperature constant)

    i think this has something to do with the boltzmann equation
    all i have done so far is calculate the volume of a water molecule and i am trying to work out the energy, and work required to move the water against a pressure difference of P but not sure how to calculate that or where to go next

    any help would be greatly appreciated
  2. jcsd
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