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The melting point of a solid is the temperature at which it changes state from solid to liquid.

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How do you melt metals with super high melting points?

At the Renaissance fair a few years back I was watching a smith forge metal into shapes. During this time a very odd question came to me. I was wondering what the furnace was made of. My logic stated ...
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What makes some metals melt at higher temperature?

I'm looking at the melting temperature of metallic elements, and notice that the metals with high melting temperature are all grouped in some lower-left corner of the $\mathrm{d}$-block. If I take for ...
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Why do impurities lower the melting point of an isolated substance?

It is known that impurities in a desired isolated product lower the melting point of the mixture, even if the impurities' melting point is much higher than the desired product. Why is that so?
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Is honey really a supersaturated solution? Does heating to un-crystalize redissolve it or melt it?

In the SciShow video Honey: Bacteria's Worst Enemy after about 00:30 the narrator says: Honey is only about 17% water. Most, but not all of what remains is sugar. ...
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Melting and boiling point trend in Group II

The following picture shows the melting and boiling point trends down group II elements. I have added question marks where the variability in data was rather disturbing (over two hundred degrees ...
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What happens if you cool water in a container too small for it to freeze?

Freezing a full bottle of water tends to shatter the glass bottle. What if you used something tougher than glass, like diamond? What would happen if you kept dropping the temperature, but restrained ...
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Melting and boiling points of transition elements

The melting and boiling points of transition elements increases from scandium ($1530~\mathrm{^\circ C}$) to vanadium ($1917~\mathrm{^\circ C}$). They increase because as we go across the group, we ...
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Which substance has the highest temperature range between melting and boiling point

Which substances exist that are normally liquid and that will not freeze nor boil even at relatively low/high temperatures as compared to the freezing and boiling points of water? Or how can I ...
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Why do the melting and boiling points of the noble gases increase when the atomic number increases?

What causes the melting and boiling points of noble gases to rise when the atomic number increases? What role do the valence electrons play in this?
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Why is the melting point of p-dichlorobenzene higher than those of o-dichlorobenzene and m-dichlorobenzene?

I was going through alkyl and aryl halides and noted the following statement in my textbook: p-dichlorobenzene has higher melting point and solubility than those of o-dichlorobenzene and m-...
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How to RAISE the melting point of water?

It is common that adding common salt into water will lower its melting point. But, is there any way to RAISE the melting point of water? Does it lower the boiling point of water as well? Why?
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Why is the melting point of PCl3 less than that of PCl5?

From just the IB chemistry bonding chapter information, you would normally deduce that $\ce{PCl3}$ and $\ce{PCl5}$ are both covalent molecules. However, as $\ce{PCl3}$ has a dipole moment, it has ...
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What is the melting point of diamond?

Textbooks and the online reference differ about this and there are more than two answers.
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Why does silicon tetrafluoride have a higher melting point than sulfur tetrafluoride?

So looking at the Wikipedia pages of sulfur tetrafluoride and silicon tetrafluoride, the melting points are −121 °C and −90 °C respectively, and so $\ce{SiF4}$ has the higher melting point. However, ...
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Why alkanes containing even number of carbons can be packed more efficiently than alkanes with odd number of carbon atoms?

Variation of boiling and melting points of alkanes with increase in the number of carbons The odd-numbered alkanes have a lower trend in melting points than even numbered alkanes. This is because ...
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Melting point of aspirin, contradicting sources

Querying wolfram alpha for the melting point of aspirin (link) returns $\pu{140 °C}$. The Wikipedia page for Aspirin lists $\pu{136 °C}$ instead, citing this book. How am I supposed to know which ...
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How to calculate melting/boiling points at different pressures

I know water boils at below room temperature in a vacuum, and want to know if there's an equation to calculate the melting or boiling points of elements or compounds at a given pressure. How would I ...
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Boiling and melting point of trans- and cis-but-2-ene

The boiling point of trans-but-2-ene is lower than that of its cis isomer but the melting point of the former is higher than the later. Why is it not following the same order? Is there any factor of ...
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How did Michael Faraday melt Sodium Chloride?

Michael Faraday melted sodium chloride in a silver spoon and ran an electric current through the molten salt, which released chlorine as a gas and left pure sodium behind. Sodium chloride melts at $...
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Why is the melting point of tert-butyl alcohol 140 °C higher than that of sec-butyl alcohol?

This is one of the most drastic differences in a physical property I've ever seen for two such similar molecules, and in a simplistic sense anyway the difference lies in the opposite direction from ...
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Why does chocolate ice cream melt faster than others?

The other day I was dipping out Neapolitan(strawberry, vanilla, & chocolate) ice cream and noticed that the chocolate ice cream tended to melt faster than that of the vanilla and strawberry. I ...
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Why does magnesium have an exceptionally low melting point?

Why does magnesium have a lower melting point than both calcium and beryllium? It does not seem to fit into the group trend.
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Reasons for low melting point of gallium

J.D. Lee writes in Concise Inorganic Chemistry: Gallium has an unusual structure. Each atom has one closest neighbor at a distance of 2.43 Å. This remarkable structure tends towards discrete diatomic ...
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Why is the melting point of p-toluenesulfonic acid monohydrate higher than that of anhydrous p-toluenesulfonic acid?

Why is the melting point of p-toluenesulfonic acid monohydrate higher than that of anhydrous p-toluenesulfonic acid? Compare for example the melting point of benzenesulfonic acid hydrate, which is ...
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Caffeine boiling and melting points

According to both caffeine's PubChem page and ChemSpider page its boiling point lies at $\pu{173 °C}$ and its melting point at $\pu{\sim 235 °C}.$ How can it melt at that temperature if it already ...
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d-Menthol vs dl-menthol: Does an enantiomer and its racemic mixture have different melting points?

I am checking out Wikipedia and it shows a different melting point (m.p.) for l-menthol $(\pu{42 ^\circ C}$ to $\pu{45 ^\circ C})$ vs dl-menthol $(\pu{36 ^\circ C}$ to $\pu{38 ^\circ C}).$ How is ...
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Can you melt wood?

We talked about it in our chemistry class but we couldn't get to a conclusion, any help?
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Chaotic melting points of n-alkyl carboxylic acids

Is there any trend here at all? This seems very chaotic as a trend.
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Predicting melting points of substances based on their molecular/atomic structure

Wouldn't it be great to be able to predict the melting point of a metal based on the atomic number and not by looking in some table for the value that was measured experimentally by someone else? Or ...
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How to separate alloys?

How do you separate metal alloys into their constituent elements, especially industrially? I don't think you can always use melting points, because alloys, depending on the composition (looking at ...
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Why is the melting point of magnesium oxide higher than aluminium oxide?

There's a graph of the melting points of period three oxides. The melting point of magnesium oxide is several hundred Kelvin higher than aluminiumoxide. I can't find any explanations for this on the ...
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The highest melting point

Inspired by this question, what is the substance or compound with the highest melting point? At standard atmospheric pressure and ever-increasing temperature which substance a) eventually becomes ...
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How to separate paracetamol and caffeine?

How do you separate paracetamol and caffeine using high-school laboratory equipment? I was thinking about using the fact that paracetamol has a lower melting point (169 °C) compared to caffeine (...
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How to calculate which ionic compound has the highest melting point?

Which of the following compounds has the highest melting point: $\ce{PCl5}$, $\ce{H2O}$, $\ce{NaCl}$, $\ce{SrCl2}$, $\ce{CaF2}$? In general, ionic compounds will have higher boiling points than those ...
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Melting and boiling points of benzene and fluorobenzene

This species is a derivative of benzene, with a single fluorine atom attached. Its melting point is -44 °C, which is lower than that of benzene, indicative of the remarkable effect of fluorination ...
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Why do the boiling and melting points decrease as you go down group 1 and vice versa for group 7?

I used to think that because an alkali metal needs to lose one electron to complete its outer shell, when the atom increases in size (atomic radius), the electron would be easier to lose as the ...
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Crystal structure vs melting point

Calcium oxide has a melting point of $\ce{2700^\circ C}$ and sodium chloride has a melting point of $\pu{801^\circ C}$. If they have the same crystal structure and ions are about the same distance ...
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Liquifying metal and toxic fume exposure

I just read a very entertaining Youtube comment thread on a video where TheBackyardScientist melts tin on the stove in his (enclosed) kitchen, the proceeds to cook a steak on it. According to the ...
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Why does diethylmethylamine have such a low melting point?

According to PubChem, diethylmethylamine has a remarkably low melting point of $-196.0\ \mathrm{^\circ C}$. This is substantially lower than the melting points of dimethylethylamine ($-140.0\ \mathrm{^...
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What is the difference between melting and dissolving?

What is the difference between melting and dissolving? I am looking some general features. The answer should be adaptable to the melting/dissolving of ice cube (water) in a class of pure alcohol (...
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The effect of air pressure on the melting point

What is the effect of air pressure on the melting point of a substance? a) No effect b) The melting point increases when the air pressure increases c) The melting point decreases when the air pressure ...
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Melting point of unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine vs 1,2-dimethylhydrazine

Unsymmetrical dimethylhydrazine ($\ce{H2NN(CH3)2}$) has a melting point of −57 °C, but its isomer, 1,2-dimethylhydrazine ($\ce{(CH3NH)2}$) has a melting point of −9 °C. That looks to me like a ...
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How can sodium chloride melt ice or keep it frozen?

In European countries, they use $\ce{NaCl}$ or $\ce{KCl}$ to melt ice during the winter season. In Asian Countries, they use $\ce{NaCl}$ to keep the ice without melting, for example in ice cream and ...
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Can powdered beta-tin be made from raising the temperature of alpha-tin?

When white tin ($\beta$-tin) is cooled to a temperature below $13.2\ \mathrm{^\circ C}$, it creates the allotrope of gray ($\alpha$-tin), a gray, amorphous powder. My question is that once you have ...
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Does melting HDPE plastic produce toxic fumes? (melting, not burning)

● The question isn't about burning HDPE but melting it at the proper temperature. (At 120 to 180°C depending on it's density, it becomes gooey. According to the source below the "extrusion" ...
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Is it possible to freeze water by dissolving a salt?

Theoretically, by dissolving a salt in water the melting point lowers, approximately 1.86 K kg/mol, making it more difficult to freeze water. However, the process of dissolution of certain salts is ...
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At the eutectic point, what is the effect on the melting point of adding impurities?

At the eutectic point, what is the effect on the melting point of adding impurities? Increase the melting point Decrease the melting point No effect on melting point I know adding ...
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How could uranium be extracted from ore to be melt?

I would like to go hunting for uranium ore, and because it has a relatively low melting point (1132.2 °C), I thought it would be cool to melt it just like any other metals. According to this video ...
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At what temperature does charcoal burn?

According to some sources, charcoal burns at temperatures as high as 2600 °C (Wikipedia), others (that seem less reliable) say around 1000 °C. I know that it depends on the air flow, but how high of ...
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Seeking titanium compound, melting point <1600 °C, decomposes to TiO

The title says it all. I’m new to glass making, and I need a titanium compound that will render me $\ce{TiO}$ through decomposition, and has a melting point under 1600 °C. Hopefully I can get one ...

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