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Electrochemical cells and chemical energy
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Water: freezing and melting ( or solidification and fusion )


The essential about freezing and melting temperature

Freezing of pure water

We can cause the freezing of the pure water by immersing it in a refrigerant mixture having a temperature below 0 ° C. Temperature measurements then show that during solidification, pure water keeps a constant temperature of 0 ° C.
The solidification of pure water always occurs at a constant temperature of 0 ° C

Freezing of salt water

During the freezing of a salt water it can be observed that its temperature: regularly decreases below 0°C until it is completely frozen.
More generally, during the freezing of a mixture, its temperature keeps on decreasing below the freezing temperature of the pure substance.
This conclusion is also true for the vaporization, melting, liquefaction, sublimation or deposition of a mixture.
Furthermore, measuring the freezing point of a substance is a method used to check its purity ( this method is called cryoscopy )
      ice and salt water
Photo: Liquid salt water and ice can coexist at negative temperatures because salt water freeze below 0°C

Photo courtesy of
National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/Department of Commerce
Melting of pure water

Measurements of temperature in melting ice, would show that pure water keeps a temperature of 0°C.
The melting of pure water always occurs at a constant temperature of 0°C.
The melting temperature of pure water is therefore the same as its freezing temperature and it is also true for all other pure substances: melting and freezing occur at the same temperature.

Melting of another substance: cyclohexane

Cyclohexane is a pure substance whose fusion can be compared to that of pure water.
Its melting occurs at a constant temperature, like pure water, but at 6 ° C while the pure water has a melting temperature of 0 ° C
A pure substance changes state at a constant temperature that is characteristic of this substance.
Particularly a melting or freezing at the constant temperature of 0°C is a characteristic that allows to identify pure water.

Learn more

- Salt and the freezing point of water: This article explains why freezing point of salt water is below 0°C and describes molecules of water in this solution.

- Freezing and melting: notes about temperature, energy exchanges and molecules during freezing and melting of various substances.

- The effect of dissolved Salt and sugar on the melting rate of ice
Projet de sciences par un élève qui a fait un travail très sérieux afin de comparer les effets du sucre et du sel sur la température de congélation de l'eau.