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Solubility Ranking

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Rank the following molecules in order from most soluble in water to least soluble in water: methane, hexanol, propane?

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In order to understand how to rank the listed molecules with respect to solubility, it must be considered that the most soluble compounds in water are polar. Water is a polar solvent, and thus poorly solutes will dissolve in it. The phrase "like dissolves like" is often used to describe this relationship between solvents and solutes.

Hexanol has a hydroxyl group (R-OH). There is hydrogen bonding that exists as a ...

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This solution includes over 250 words explaining the chemical properties of three organic compounds with respect to solubility in water.

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