We’re being asked to **determine the mass of water present in a 10.0 g sample of t-butanol with a freezing point of 24.59°C**.

Recall that the freezing point of a solution is *lower* than that of the pure solvent and the ** change in freezing point (ΔT_{f})** is given by:

$\overline{){{\mathbf{\Delta T}}}_{{\mathbf{f}}}{\mathbf{=}}{{\mathbf{T}}}_{\mathbf{f}\mathbf{,}\mathbf{}\mathbf{pure}\mathbf{}\mathbf{solvent}}{\mathbf{-}}{{\mathbf{T}}}_{\mathbf{f}\mathbf{,}\mathbf{}\mathbf{solution}}}$

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

$\overline{){{\mathbf{\Delta T}}}_{{\mathbf{f}}}{\mathbf{=}}{{\mathbf{imK}}}_{{\mathbf{f}}}}$

where:

**i** = van’t Hoff factor

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

**K _{f}** = freezing point depression constant (in ˚C/m)

Recall that the ** molality of a solution** is given by:

$\overline{){\mathbf{molality}}{\mathbf{=}}\frac{\mathbf{moles}\mathbf{}\mathbf{solute}}{\mathbf{kg}\mathbf{}\mathbf{solvent}}}$

**To solve this problem, we shall follow these steps**

* Step 1:* Calculate for ΔT

* Step 2:* Determine the molality of the solution.

* Step 3:* Calculate the mass of H

The freezing point of *t*-butanol is 25.50°C and K_{f} is 9.1°C • kg/mol. Usually *t*-butanol absorbs water on exposure to air. If the freezing point of a 10.0-g sample of* t*-butanol is 24.59°C, how many grams of water are present in the sample?

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