Glacial Acetic Acid

neale at neale at
Thu Jun 9 23:17:13 EST 1994

I too, thought glacial referred to the absence of water in the solution.

Interesting about the melting point however.


Geoff Neale

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In article <Cr513n.5HM at>, ae114 at FreeNet.Carleton.CA (James R. Weber) writes:
> It is true that glacial acetic acid is called that becasuse 
> you can get it to freeze., but the name carries more
> information than that.
> Glacial aci acetic acitd 
> Pardon all on the control H's, but I su usually compose off-
> line.  Our interface is user-abusive.
> Glacial acetic acid implies a high level of purity and being
> anhydrous.  To prove the point back in the dark ages when I took
> organic chemistry, we had a demonstract
> demonstration is in s which we took about 10mls of glacial
> acetic acid in a test tube and swirled the tube in an ice bath
> and watched it freeze.  If we added ONE DROP of water to the
> test tube, t we could not get it to refreeze.
> Cheers,  J. R.
> -- 
> James R. Weber           Analytical Trading Company
> 25 Peterson Place        Phone/Fax (613)-592-8714
> Kanata, Ontario K2L 4A8  E-mail: ae114 at

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