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The composition of vapour over a binary ideal solution is determined by the composition of the liquid. If $X_A $ and $Y_A$ are the mole-fraction of A in the liquid and vapour respectively, find the value of $X_A$ for which $Y_A−X_A$ has a minimum. What is the value of the pressure at this composition?

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Subtracting $X_A$ from both the sides, we get
Now differentiating w.r.t. $X_A$, we get
The value of XA at which $Y_A − X_A$ has a minimum value can be obtained by putting the above derivative equal to zero. Thus we have
Solving for $X_A$, we get $X_A = \large\frac{\sqrt{P_A^0-P_B^0}-P_B^0}{P_a^0-P_B^0}$
Hence $P=\sqrt {P_A^0P_B^0}$
answered Jun 9, 2014 by sreemathi.v