Hi everyone, I got stuck on a homework problem and was hoping for some help.
It's "explain why this experimental procedure is incorrect: 'To make 1.00 L of a 1.00 M NaCl solution, I will dissolve 58.5 g of NaCl in 1.00 L of water.' "
But 1 L solution * 1 mol NaCl/1 L solution * 58.44 g NaCl/1 mol NaCl = 58.44 g NaCl. So wouldn't dissolving 58.44 g NaCl in 1 L H2O result in a 1 M NaCl solution, after all? I'm not seeing how it doesn't.
So then I thought the problem might have more to do with experimental procedure than with calculations. But when I tried looking up "how to prepare a 1 M solution of NaCl" on YouTube, the two people I watched did exactly that. They poured most of 1 L of water into a container, poured the 58.44 g NaCl in, poured the remaining water up to the 1 L mark (being careful not to go over), and mixed it until it dissolved.
I mean, technically you'd be using slightly less than 1 L of water, because the container's containing the NaCl, too. But somehow, I don't think that's what the problem's asking.
And sure, the molar mass I got for NaCl (58.44 g) isn't exactly the same as the 58.5 stated in the problem, but I don't think that's it, either. If it was a significant figures question, I'd understand, but this is part of a Concentrations lab.
Am I missing something here?