Atoms and molecules are too small to count. To solve this problem their numbers are expressed in terms of Avogadro’s number (NA = 6.023 1023). Mole is the number equal to Avogadro’s number just like a dozen is equal to 12, a century means 100, a score means = 20.
Mole can be defined as a unit which represents 6.023 x1023 particles of same matter.
A mole (symbol mol) is defined as the amount of substance that contains as many atoms, molecules, ions, electrons or any other elementary entities as there are carbon atoms in exactly 12 gm of. The number of atoms in 12 gm of is called Avogadro’s number.
The number of moles of a substance can be calculated by various means depending on data available, as follows.
1)Number of moles of molecules
2)Number of moles of atoms
3)Number of moles of gases (Standard molar volume at STP = 22.4 lit)
4)Number of moles of particles e.g. atoms, molecules ions etc
5) for a compound, y moles of A = x moles of BMole Concept
6)Mole fraction = fraction of the substance in the mixture expressed in terms of mol is called its mol fraction (X)