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Alcohols Are Comparatively More Soluble in Water than Hydrocarbons of Comparable Molecular Masses. Explain this Fact. - CBSE (Science) Class 12 - Chemistry

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Alcohols are comparatively more soluble in water than hydrocarbons of comparable molecular masses. Explain this fact.

Solution

Alcohols form H-bonds with water due to the presence of −OH group. However, hydrocarbons cannot form H-bonds with water.

As a result, alcohols are comparatively more soluble in water than hydrocarbons of comparable molecular masses.

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 NCERT Solution for Chemistry Textbook for Class 12 (2018 to Current)
Chapter 11: Alcohols, Phenols and Ethers
Q: 5 | Page no. 344
Solution Alcohols Are Comparatively More Soluble in Water than Hydrocarbons of Comparable Molecular Masses. Explain this Fact. Concept: Physical and Chemical Properties of Alcohols and Phenols.
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