Freezing Point Depression
Problems #11-25

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Problem #11: When 20.0 grams of an unknown nonelectrolyte compound are dissolved in 500.0 grams of benzene, the freezing point of the resulting solution is 3.77 °C. The freezing point of pure benzene is 5.444 °C and the Kf for benzene is 5.12 °C/m. What is the molar mass of the unknown compound?

Solution:

1) Determine temperature change:

5.444 - 3.77 = 1.674 °C

2) Determine how many moles of the compound dissolved:

Δt = i Kf m

1.674 °C = (1) (5.12 °C kg mol-1) (x / 0.500 kg)

2.16 °C = (10.24 °C mol-1) (x)

x = 0.2109375 mol

3) Determine molecular weight:

20.0 g / 0.2109375 mol = 94.8 g/mol

Problem #12: Lauryl alcohol is obtained from coconut oil and is used to make detergents. A solution of 5.00 g of lauryl alcohol in 0.100 kg of benzene freezes at 4.1 °C. What s the approximate molar mass of lauryl alcohol?

Solution:

Δt = i Kf m

1.344 °C = (1) (5.12 °C kg mol-1) (x / 0.100 kg)

1.344 °C = (51.2 °C mol-1) (x)

x = 0.02625 mol

5.00 g / 0.02625 mol = 190. g/mol

Note that the freezing point constant is not provided. Such values can be easily looked up in standard reference materials.


Problem #13: What is the molar mass of 35.0 g of an unknown substance that depresses the freezing point of 0.350 kg of water 0.50 °C? Kf for water is 1.86 °C/m.

Solution:

Δt = i Kf m

0.50 °C = (1) (1.86 °C kg mol-1) (x / 0.350 kg)

0.50 °C = (5.3143 °C mol-1) (x)

x = 0.094086 mol

35.0 g / 0.094086 mol = 372 g/mol


Problem #14: What is the freezing point of a solution of ethyl alcohol, that contains 20.0 g of the solute (C2H5OH), dissolved in 590.0 g of water?

Solution:

20.0 g / 46.07 g/mol = 0.434122 mol

Δt = i Kf m

x = (1) (1.86 °C kg mol-1) (0.434122 mol / 0.5900 kg)

x = 1.37 °C

The solution freezes at -1.37 °C.


Problem #15: A 300. mg sample of caffeine was dissolved in 10.0 g of camphor (Kf = 39.7 °C/m), decreasing the freezing point of camphor by 3.07 °C. What is the molar mass of caffeine?

Solution:

Δt = i Kf m

3.07 °C = (1) (39.7 °C kg/mol) (x / 0.0100 kg)

0.0307 kg °C = (1) (39.7 °C kg/mol) (x)

x = 0.00077329975 mol

0.300 g / 0.00077329975 mol = 388 g/mol

From other sources, we know the molar mass of caffeine to be 194 g/mol. The fact that we got exactly double that value shows that caffeine dimerizes in solution and that the van 't Hoff factor should be 0.5 for caffeine. Prior to coming across this problem and adding it to my web site, the ChemTeam did not know that caffeine dimerizes. Good stuff!


Problem #16: A 7.85 g sample of a compound with the empirical formula C5H4 is dissolved in 301 g of benzene. The freezing point of the solution is 1.04 °C below that of pure benzene. Determine the molar mass & molecular formula of the compound.

Solution:

1) Determine moles of the compound:

Δt = i Kf m

1.04 °C = (1) (5.12 °C kg mol-1) (x / 0.301 kg)

1.04 °C = (17.01 °C mol-1) (x)

x = 0.06114 mol

2) Determine the molar mass:

7.85 g / 0.06114 mol = 128.4 g/mol

3) Determine molecular formula:

The weight of C5H4 is 64.0866.

128.4 / 64.0866 = 2

The molecular formula is C10H8.


Problem #17: A 10.180 g sample of benzophenone is found to freeze at 46.8 °C. When 0.680 g of an unknown are added to the 10.180 g of benzophenone the resulting solution is found to freeze at 42.6 °C. Calculate the molecular weight for the unknown. Kf for benzophenone is 9.80 °C/m.

Solution:

1) Determine moles of unknown compound:

Δt = i Kf m

4.2 °C = (1) (9.80 °C/m) (x / 0.010180 kg)

4.2 °C = (962.672 °C mol¯1) (x)

x = 0.004362857 mol

2) Determine the molecular weight:

0.680 g / 0.004362857 mol = 156 g/mol (to three sig figs)

Problem #18: An aqueous solution containing 34.3 g of an unknown molecular (nonelectrolyte) compound in 160.0 g of water was found to have a freezing point of -1.3 °C. Calculate the molar mass of the unknown compound. Express your answer using two significant figures.

Solution:

1) Determine moles of unknown compound:

Δt = i Kf m

1.3 °C = (1) (1.86 °C/m) (x / 0.1600 kg)

1.3 °C = (11.625 °C mol¯1) (x)

x = 0.111828 mol

2) Determine the molecular weight:

34.3 g / 0.111828 mol = 306.72 g/mol

To three sig figs, 307 g/mol


Problem #19: Calculate the freezing point of a solution of 5.00 g of diphenyl C12H10 and 7.50 g of naphthalene, C10H8 dissolved in 200.0 g of benzene (fp = 5.5 °C)

Solution

There is a tiny curve in this problem, but keep in mind that colligative properties are all about how many particles in solution and nothing else.

1) The key to this problem is to calculate moles of each substance and add then together:

(5.00 g / 154.2 g mol¯1) + (7.50 g / 128.2) = 0.0909 mol

2) Calculate the molality:

0.0909 mol / 0.200 kg = 0.455 m

3) Calculate the freezing point depression:

ΔT = i Kf m

x = (1) (5.12 °C m¯1) (0.455 m) = 2.33 °C

The solution freezes at 5.5 - 2.33 = 3.17 °C


Problem #20: Vitamin K is involved in the blood clotting mechanism. When 0.500 g is dissolved in 10.0 g of camphor, the freezing point is lowered by 4.43 °C. Calculate the molecular weight of vitamin K.

Solution

1) To solve this problem, I'd like to engage in an analysis of the units. We will start with the freezing point depression equation:

ΔT = i Kf m

Replacing the right side with units gives: ΔT = (°C kg mol¯1) times (mol kg¯1)

Notice that i goes away since it is unitless. Next I will replace mol with g / g mol¯1:

ΔT = (°C kg mol¯1) times (g / g mol¯1 kg¯1)

2) Now, let's insert numbers in the proper place:

4.43 = (40.) times (0.500 / x 0.010)

x is the molecular weight of Vitamin K, 0.500 and 4.43 are from the problem and 0.010 is 10 g of camphor done as kilograms. This becomes:

4.43 = 2000 / x

x = 8860 g / mol

We know this is a reasonable answer since vitamins and proteins have molecular weights in the thousands or even tens of thousands.


Problem #21: A compound containing only boron, nitrogen, and hydrogen was found to be 40.3% B, 52.2% N, and 7.5% H by mass. When 3.301 g of this compound is dissolved in 50.00 g of benzene, the solution produced freezes at 1.30 °C. The freezing point of pure benzene is 5.48 °C; Kb for benzene is 5.12 °C m-1. What is the molecular weight of this compound?

a. Determine the molecular weight of the solid.
b. Determine the molecular formula of the solid
c. Determine the mole fraction of the solid in the solution
d. If the density of this solution is 0.8989 g/mL , calculate the molarity of the solution

Solution:

1) Determine moles of solute using freezing point depression data:

Δt = Kf m

4.18 °C = 5.12 °C-kg/mol (x / 0.0500 kg)

4.18 ° = (102.4 °C/mol) (x)

x = 0.04082 mol

2) Use moles and 3.301 g to determine molecular weight (answer to part a):

3.301 g / 0.04082 mol = 80.867 g/mol

80.9 g/mol (to 3 sig figs)

3) Use an on-line empirical formula calculator to determine the empirical formula:

BNH2

4) Determine the molecular formula (answer to part b):

the "empirical formula weight" of BNH2 is 26.8338 g

the molecular weight divided by the "EFW" yields 3

therefore, the molecular formula is:

B3N3H6
Comment: the particular substance in this question is Borazine, often referred to as the "inorganic benzene." Its formula is written (BH)3(NH)3.

5) Determine the mole fraction of the solute (answer to part c):

moles of solvent = 50.00 g / 78.1134 g/mol = 0.6401 mol

χsolute = 0.04082 mol / (0.04082 mol + 0.6401 mol)

χsolute = 0.060

6) Determine molarity of solution (answer to part d):

i) our solution weighs 53.301 g; calculate its volume:
0.8989 g/mL = 53.301 g / x

x = 59.30 mL

ii) calculate the molarity:
0.04082 mol / 0.05930 L = 0.6884 M (to 4 sig figs)

Problem #22: A 1.60-g sample of a mixture of naphthalene (C10H8) and anthracene (C14H10) is dissolved in 20.0 g benzene (C6H6). The freezing point of the solution is found to be 2.81 °C. What is the composition as mass percent of the sample mixture? (The freezing point of benzene is 5.51 °C and Kf is 5.12 °C-kg/mol.)

Solution path #1:

1) Determine the fp depression if all 1.6 g were naphthalene:

x = (5.12) [(1.6/128.174)/0.020)]

x = 3.1956559 °C

2) Determine the fp depression if all 1.6 g were anthracene:

x = (5.12) [(1.6/178.234)/0.020)]

x = 2.29810 °C

3) What combination of naphthalene and anthracene provides a Δt = 2.70 °C?

2.70 = (3.1956559) (x) + (2.29810) (1.6 - x)

Some algebra reults in:

x = 0.716 g

You may calculate the anthracene on your own. Don't forget to include the weight of the benzene if you calculate the mass percents.

Solution path #2:

Δt = 2.70 °C

A and B in the following are placeholders for the molalities.

2.70 = (5.12)(A) + (5.12)(B)

You could also write 2.70 = (5.12)(A + B)

A is as follows: numerator is x over molar mass of naphthalene and the denominator is 0.020 kg

B is as follows: numerator is 1.6 - x over molar mass of anthracene and the denominator is 0.020 kg

Keep in mind that both A and B have a fraction in the numerator.

Be careful with the algebra, if you decide to work it out. Don't forget the benzene, if you do the mass percents.


Problem #23: A 0.265m MgSO4 solution has a freezing point of -0.61 °C. What is the van 't Hoff factor for this solution? Kf = 1.86 °C/m

Solution:

Δt = i Kf m

0.61 °C = (x) (1.86 °C/m) (0.265m)

i = 1.24

The theoretical van 't Hoff factor for MgSO4 is 2. Because of our value of 1.24, we must conclude that there is a significant amount of ion-pairing in aqueous solutions of MgSO4.

Is this truly the case or is this just a fake problem?

Look at this page. It presents a different set of data (i = 1.12 at 0.1m), but it does show that this issue of ion-pairing in MgSO4 is not a made-up one.

Take a look at this. The concept of ion-pairing in MgSO4 is very real and is of importance in chemical research, both for geochemical and medical reasons.


Problem #24: A 0.2436 g sample of an unknown substance was dissovled in 20.0 mL of cyclohexane. The density of cyclohexane is 0.779 g/mL. The freezing point depression was 2.50 °C. Calculate molar mass of the unknown substance.

Solution:

1) Determine grams of cyclohexane:

(0.779 g/mL) (20.0 mL) = 15.58 g

this is 0.01558 kg

2) Determine moles of unknown substance present:

Δt = i Kf m

2.50 °C = (1) (20.2) (x / 0.01558)

x = 0.00192822 mol

Note assumption of i = 1 for the solute. Also, the cryoscopic constant for cyclohexane needed to be looked up.

3) Determine molecular weight:

0.2436 g / 0.00192822 mol = 126.3 g/mol

Problem #25: A 0.124 m trichloracetic acid, CCl3COOH (aq), solution has a freezing point of -0.386 °C. What is the percentage ionization of the acid?

Solution:

1) Calculate van 't Hoff factor:

Δt = i Kb m

0.386 = i (1.86) (0.124)

i = 1.6736

2) Calculate value for [H+]:

CCl3COOH ⇌ H+ + CCl3COO¯

total concentration of all ions in solution equals:

(1.6736) (0.124) = 0.20753 m

This is a molality, but we will act as if it a molarity since we will assume the density of the solution is 1.00 g/cm3, which makes the molarity equal to the molality.

0.20753 = (0.124 - x) + x + x

x = 0.08353 M

3) Calculate the percent dissociation:

0.08353 / 0.124 = 67.4%

Comment: I mention above that we effectively treat the molality as a molarity. If you were to do this problem: Calculate the percent dissociation of a 0.124 M (molarity, not molality) solution of trichloroacetic acid (Ka = 0.170), you would find the answer to be 67%.

If you choose to try the problem, you will need to solve a quadratic equation to solve for the hydrogen ion concentration, since 'ignore the minus x' doesn't work. Use a quadratic solver to get the roots, of which the positive root will be the correct (remember, you can't have a negative concentration) H+ concentration.

Bonus Problem #1: Cyclohexanol, C6H11OH, is sometimes used as the solvent in molar mass determination. If 0.235 g of benzoic acid C7H6O2, dissolved in 12.45 g of cyclohexanol, lowered the freezing point of pure cyclohexanol by 6.55 °C, what is the molal freezing point constant of the solvent?

Solution:

1) Determine moles of benzoic acid:

0.235 g / 122.1224 g/mol = 0.0019243 mol

2) Substitute into the following equation:

Δt = i Kb m

6.55 = (1) (x) (0.0019243 mol / 0.01245 kg)

x = 42.4 °C/m

Note: benzoic acid does not dissociate in cyclohexanol, therefore a van't Hoff factor of 1 is used.


Bonus Problem #2: An average value for the salinity of sea water is around 35 ppt. The Dead Sea, however, has an average value salinity around 287 ppt. Assuming that the only salt present is magnesium chloride (MgCl2), calculate the temperature required to ice skate on the Dead Sea.

Solution:

1) Convert 287 ppt to molality:

287 parts per thousand means 287 g solute per 1000 g of solution.

287 g / 95.211 g/mol = 3.01436 mol of MgCl2

1000 g - 287 g = 713 g of water

The molality is 3.01436 mol / 0.713 kg = 4.2277 m (I'll keep some guard digits.)

2) Determine freezing point:

Δt = i Kf m

x = (3) (1.86 °C/m) (4.2277 m)

x = 23.6 °C

The Dead Sea freezes at -23.6 °C.


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