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A student takes about 6 ml of distilled water in each of the four test tubes P, Q, R and S. He then dissolves an equal amount of four different salts namely, sodium chloride in 'P', potassium chloride in 'Q', calcium chloride in 'R' and magnesium chloride in 'S'. - Science

A student takes about 6 ml of distilled water in each of the four test tubes P, Q, R and S. He then dissolves an equal amount of four different salts namely, sodium chloride in 'P', potassium chloride in 'Q', calcium chloride in 'R' and magnesium chloride in 'S'. Next, he then adds 10 drops of soap solution to each test tube and shakes its contents. The test tubes in which scum (insoluble substance) is formed with soap are:

(A) P and Q

(B) Q and R

(C) R and S

(D) Q and S

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Solution

Scum is formed by reaction of soap with calcium and magnesium salts in water. Test tubes R and S contain calcium chloride and magnesium chloride, respectively. Therefore, scum will be formed in these two tubes.

Hence, the correct option is C.

Concept: Ethanoic Acid
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