It is known that addition of a non-volatile solute to a volatile solvent(liquid) to give a solution reduces the Vapour Pressure of the solution (well solvent actually as only solvent is volatile).
This leads to the Elevation of Boiling Point and "Deppresion" of Freezing Point.
I am clear with elevation of BP. But it is said that a liquid freezes when the vapour pressure of the liquid phase attains the vapour pressure of its solid state.
So, how possibly does the freezing point falls? For instance let the Vapour Pressure of the solid state be at an arbitrary point "x"(at a temperature A Kelvin) and that of the liquid phase be at "y".
So when we add a solute to the liquid:
Vapour pressure of liquid(solution) = y - $\alpha $ (where $\alpha $ is the depression in the vapour pressure)
So now the vapour pressure of the liquid(solution) reaches "x" rapidly that is at a higher temperature or a temperature greater than A which is an elevation in the freezing point.
I am always confused with this part.