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Boiling Point Elevation Example Problem

Calculate Boiling Point Elevation Temperature


The boiling point temperature can be elevated by the addition of a solute to the water.

The boiling point temperature can be elevated by the addition of a solute to the water.

Markus Schweiss

This example problem demonstrates how to calculate boiling point elevation.


31.65 g of sodium chloride is added to 220.0 mL of water at 34 °C. How will this affect the boiling point of the water?
Assume the sodium chloride completely dissociates in the water.
Given: density of water at 35 °C = 0.994 g/mL
Kb water = 0.51 °C kg/mol


To find the temperature change elevation of a solvent by a solute, use the equation:

ΔT = iKbm

ΔT = Change in temperature in °C
i = van 't Hoff factor
Kb = molal boiling point elevation constant in °C kg/mol
m = molality of the solute in mol solute/kg solvent.

Step 1 Calculate the molality of the NaCl

molality (m) of NaCl = moles of NaCl/kg water

From the periodic table

atomic mass Na = 22.99
atomic mass Cl = 35.45
moles of NaCl = 31.65 g x 1 mol/(22.99 + 35.45)
moles of NaCl = 31.65 g x 1 mol/58.44 g
moles of NaCl = 0.542 mol

kg water = density x volume
kg water = 0.994 g/mL x 220 mL x 1 kg/1000 g
kg water = 0.219 kg

mNaCl = moles of NaCl/kg water
mNaCl = 0.542 mol/0.219 kg
mNaCl = 2.477 mol/kg

Step 2 Determine the van 't Hoff factor

The van 't Hoff factor, i, is a constant associated with the amount of dissociation of the solute in the solvent. For substances which do not dissociate in water, such as sugar, i = 1. For solutes that completely dissociate into two ions, i = 2. For this example NaCl completely dissociates into the two ions, Na+ and Cl-. Therefore, i = 2 for this example.

Step 3 Find ΔT

ΔT = iKbm

ΔT = 2 x 0.51 °C kg/mol x 2.477 mol/kg
ΔT = 2.53 °C


Adding 31.65 g of NaCl to 220.0 mL of water will raise the boiling point 2.53 °C.

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