Chemical Potential: ConcepTest and Example Problem

Try to answer this ConcepTest and solve the example problem before using this module. Studies show that trying to answer the questions before studying material improves learning and retention. We suggest that you write down the reasons for your answers. By the end of this module, you should be able to answer these on your own. Answers will be given at the end of this module.

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Example Problem 1

Two identical flasks at 45°C are connected by a tube. Flask A contains water and flask B contains 50% more water, plus it contains ethanol. As the system approaches equilibrium, which direction will the water move, if at all, and which direction will the ethanol move if at all? Explain.