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Homework Help: Preparing a Solution using ppm and ppb -

  1. Sep 12, 2015 #1
    I would like to prepare 50.0 g of 50 ppb Pb standard solution in 1% HNO3 gravimetrically, in a 50.0mL plastic tube from a stock solution of 50 ppm Pb.

    From what I understand, this is a dilution...so C1V1 = C2V2

    I like working in mg/L more than ppb and ppm so I converted

    50 ppb = 0.05 mg/L
    50 ppm = 50 mg/L

    C1V1 = C2V2
    50 mg/L V1 = (0.05 mg/L)(0.05L)
    V1 = 0.00005L or 0.05 mL

    so then 0.05 mL of 50 ppm Pb and 49.95 mL of HNO3.
    Would this be the proper way to prepare this solution?
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  3. Sep 12, 2015 #2


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    "Gravimetrically?" Or, by volume? At this concentration, a significant fraction of solute is going to be adsorbed on the surfaces of vessels/flasks/containers; are you concerned, or have you made allowances for such an effect?
  4. Sep 12, 2015 #3
    This is my first time preparing a solution given the above directions. My instructions stated to prepare the solution gravimetrically. However, I could only figure out how to prepare the solution by volume, ie: 0.05 mL of 50 ppm Pb and 49.95 mL of HNO3. Would you suggest there is a more effective way to make the solution?
  5. Sep 13, 2015 #4


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    I doubt you do want to prepare 50 g at 50 ppb - that would be a billion liters wouldn't it?

    You had better state or find out what you mean by a billion as there are two different meanings round.

    If it is thousand million then you have tondilut your 50 ppm a thousand times. Burt I'm not sure you knows what this means.
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  6. Sep 13, 2015 #5


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    I suppose 50 g refers to the mass of the solution, not of the solute.
  7. Sep 13, 2015 #6


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    I misread and thought it was saying 50g of Pb! He also says 50 ml. For his practical purposes I guess it is good enough to. Insider these two the same thing.
  8. Sep 14, 2015 #7
    Okay, does this mean the original calculations I posted (see first post) would be correct to prepare the solution then? I can clarify with the person who wrote the directions by what the 50g refers too (either solute or solution)
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