What is the freezing point of sugar water?
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What is the freezing point of sugar water?

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The freezing point of a water solution that contains sugar is below zero. Any solute added to a pure water solvent decreases the freezing point of the water; this is called freezing point depression.

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Freezing point depression is a colligative property, which is a property that is not dependent upon the chemicals present in the solution but rather on the molar ratio of the solute particles to the solvent molecules in the solution. As a result of the dependence of freezing point depression values on this molar ratio, ionic solutes, such as salt, have a greater effect on freezing point than molecular solutes, such as sugar, because of the greater number of particles present when dissolved.

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