Amongst the following compounds, identify which are insoluble, partially soluble and highly soluble in water?
(iii) formic acid
(iv) ethylene glycol
(i) Phenol (C6H5OH) has the polar group −OH and non-polar group −C6H5. Thus, phenol is partially soluble in water.
(ii) Toluene (C6H5−CH3) has no polar groups. Thus, toluene is insoluble in water.
(iii) Formic acid (HCOOH) has the polar group −OH and can form H-bond with water. Thus, formic acid is highly soluble in water.
(iv) Ethylene glycol has polar −OH group and can form H−bond. Thus, it is highly soluble in water.
(v) Chloroform is insoluble in water.
(vi) Pentanol (C5H11OH) has polar −OH group, but it also contains a very bulky non-polar −C5H11 group. Thus, pentanol is partially soluble in water.