Problem: When 13.62 g (about one tablespoon) of table sugar (sucrose, C12H22O11) is dissolved in 241.5 mL of water (density 0.997 g/mL), the final volume is 250.0 mL (about one cup).Calculate the expected boiling point for the solution.

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We’re being asked to determine the boiling point of a solution. The solution is composed of 13.62 g sucrose in 241.5 mL water


Recall that the boiling point of a solution is higher than that of the pure solvent and the change in boiling point (ΔT­b) is given by:


Tb=Tb,solution-Tb,pure solvent


The change in boiling point is also related to the molality of the solution:


Tb=iKbm


where: 

i = van’t Hoff factor

m = molality of the solution (in m or mol/kg)

Kb = boiling point elevation constant (in ˚C/m)


Recall that the molality of a solution is given by:


Molality(m)=moles solutekilogram solvent


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When 13.62 g (about one tablespoon) of table sugar (sucrose, C12H22O11) is dissolved in 241.5 mL of water (density 0.997 g/mL), the final volume is 250.0 mL (about one cup).

Calculate the expected boiling point for the solution.

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