Skinner, Ernest B. (ed.) / Transactions of the Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters
volume XIV, Part I (1902)
Action of metallic magnesium upon aqueous solutions, pp. -312
312 Wisconsin Academy of Sciences, Arts, and Letters. Ihis is in harmrony with the fact that magnesium amalgam does not form when magnesium and mercury are brought together at ordinary temperatures;' it requires a higher temperature in order that the union of the re-tals will take place. The view that solutions are chemical combinations of solvent and solute may seen, somewhat antiquated at the present time when purely physical conceptions of solutions are in predomi- nence. But this older view is still held by eminent chemists and physicists, for it gives an adequate cause for the process of solution, for the thermal changes accompanying the latter, and for the fact that (exclusive of the mass) the properties of a solution are never found to be quite equal to the sum of the properties of solvent and solute. -Moreover, facts known at present concerning both dilute and concentrated solutions are entirely compatible with it, and it will no doubt prove a most valuable aid in further research. Laboratory of Physical Chemistry, University of WViscons-In, Madison. 'At ordinary temperatures the affinity between the metals is not able to overcome their cohesions. Compare the work of Wanklyn and Chapman on magnesium amalgam in the Jour. Chem. Soc. (2) 4, 141.
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