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Re: 7th *Heaven*?
Posted By: Don the Monkeyman, on host
Date: Saturday, September 29, 2001, at 00:34:47
In Reply To: Re: 7th *Heaven*? posted by Grishny on Friday, September 28, 2001, at 09:04:39:

> > > It couldn't possibly be Celsius. How would
> you, in that case, under normal air pressure
> conditions, aquire a water temperature of
> *over* 100 degrees? (Hm, I think there's a
> comma or two too many in there.)
> >
> > Salt the water.
> >
> > > Trav"steamed film"holt.
> >
> > Don "Simple enough" Monkey
> I knew that salt would lower the freezing point
> of water. I didn't think that it also increased the
> boiling point.
> HEY WOLFSPIRIT! Is this true?
> Gri"not a scientist"shny

AHEM. I am also a scientist, and yes, it is accurate. Adding a solute depresses the freezing point and raises the boiling point for a liquid. In fact, there is a common household application for this: pasta recipes (such as Kraft Dinner) often specify that you salt the water when boiling pasta. Some may think it is for flavor, but it is actually done so that the water boils at a higher temperature, which is, apparently, good for cooking. (I said I was a scientist, not a cook.)

Don "Miffed that Grishny would not accept MY word. :-p" Monkey

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