Hello, first post here. :)
Anyway, I'm very confused by the concept of solubility.
I realize that the solute is what GETS dissolved, and the solvent is WHAT dissolves, but the concept of a 'solution' doesn't really make sense to me. Why is it a solution and not just a mixture? Is there something unique about it? (is it that it's just a homogenous mixture?)
What role does entropy play in solubility?
What [b]is[/b] solubility? :? :(
I also don't get how something can be [i]miscible[/i]. How can something be a solvent and a solute if miscible substances 'are soluble in one another'?
And solvation... I don't really know what it means.
I realize this is a huge list of questions but if someone could kindly point out an overview of this topic (a web link would be helpful) in plain English, I would really appreciate it..
Generally I understand this stuff with a clear explanation, but unfortunately textbooks don't always offer that. :(
Thanks in advance for the help.