Calculate the molality of a solution by entering the amount of solute and mass of solvent below.
How to Calculate Molality
Molality is a measure of the concentration of a compound in a solution measured in the amount of substance in moles by the mass of solute in kilograms. Molality is often expressed in moles per kilogram, or mol/kg, and is denoted using the letter m.
First used in 1923, molality is different from molarity in that it’s the ratio of the amount of substance of a solute to the mass of solvent, while molarity is the amount of substance of the solute to the volume of solvent.
Since it’s a ratio, you can calculate molality using the following formula:
molality (m) = moles of solute / kilograms of solvent
Thus, the molality m is equal to the amount of substance of solute in moles divided by the mass of solvent in kilograms.
For example, let’s calculate the molality of a solution with 3 moles of solute and 2 kilograms of solvent.
molality (m) = 3 moles solute / 2 kg solvent
molality (m) = 3 / 2 = 1.5 mol/kg
In this example, the molality of the solution is equal to 1.5 mol/kg.
- Lewis, G. N., Randall, M., Thermodynamics and the Free Energy of Chemical Substances, McGraw-Hill Book Company, Inc., 1923, New York and London, https://books.google.com/books?id=m81AAAAAIAAJ&ots=K6ziAMlj7Y&lr&pg=PR7