|MadSci Network: Chemistry|
The hydrated water won't be released when the hydrate is dissolved. Exactly the opposite - if you dissolve dry (non-hydrated) magnesium sulphate, then it will form hydrate taking some of the water from the solution. In my oppinion it is not important whether the hydrated water is included in the calculations or not, as long as it is explicitly mentioned in the report of the experiment i.e. if you like to regard the liquid as a solution of MgSO4 in water, then you should exclude the hydrated water, but if you regard it as a solution of MgSO4.7H2O (epsom salt) in water then there's no need to exclude the mass of the hydrated water and to add it to the mass of the solvent. What concerns the bouyant force is solely the density of the liquid and it doesn't matter which way you choose to express the concentration. Finally I would like to mention that in my country 'table salt' and 'sea salt' are two names for one and the same thing - Sodium Chloride (NaCl)
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