4.3.4 Using concentrations of solutions in mol/dm3 (chemistry only) (HT only)


  • The concentration of a solution can be measured in mol/dm3.

The amount in moles of solute or the mass in grams of solute in a given volume of solution can be calculated from its concentration in mol/dm3.

If the volumes of two solutions that react completely are known and the concentration of one solution is known, the concentration of the other solution can be calculated.

Students should be able to explain how the concentration of a solution in mol/dm3 is related to the mass of the solute and the volume of the solution.

WS 4.2 Recognise the importance of scientific quantities and understand how they are determined.

WS 4.3 Use SI units (eg kg, g, mg; km, m, mm; kJ, J) and IUPAC chemical nomenclature unless inappropriate.

WS 4.6 Use an appropriate number of significant figures in calculation.

MS 1c Use ratios, fractions and percentages

MS 3b Change the subject of an equation

MS 3c Substitute numerical values into algebraic equations using appropriate units for physical quantities

AT 1 - Use of appropriate apparatus to make and record a range of measurements accurately, including mass, time, temperature, and volume of liquids and gases (links to A-level AT a).

AT 3 Use of appropriate apparatus and techniques for conducting and monitoring chemical reactions, including appropriate reagents and/or techniques for the measurement of pH in different situations (links to A-level AT a and d).

AT 8 Use of appropriate qualitative reagents and techniques to analyse and identify unknown samples or products including gas tests, flame tests, precipitation reactions, and the determination of concentrations of strong acids and strong alkalis (links to A-level AT d).