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Q & A: boiling point of solutions

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Most recent answer: 12/13/2017
Q:
Why does urea and salt water in an experiment I recently took part in reach their boiling points, before the distilled water? Stability in the urea and salt water is reached before it is in the distilled water. Also, I need an explained answer in why the urea and salt solutions' boiling points are higher. Thanks.
- Luci Grooters (age 16)
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A:

We don't know why the solutions boiled before the pure water.

We have several explanations posted about why the boiling point of the solutions is higher than of pure water.

https://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=12128

https://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=1447
https://van.physics.illinois.edu/qa/listing.php?id=1447

Mike W.

 


(published on 12/13/2017)

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