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Is ethyl acetate a polar or non-polar solvent?

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Is ethyl acetate a polar or non-polar solvent?

Polarity in Molecules:

Molecules may be referred to as being either polar or non-polar. H{eq}_2{/eq}O is an example of a polar molecule as it has disparities in electronegativity between its oxygen and its hydrogens. Note that while such a molecule has no net charge, it does have some partial charge/s and a resultant bent molecular geometry helps in localizing the partial charge centers. The hydrogens' are partially positive charged, and the oxygen is partially negatively charged.

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The ethyl acetate molecule, with the simplified formula C{eq}_4{/eq}H{eq}_8{/eq}O{eq}_2{/eq}, is a polar solvent.

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Learn about dipoles and dipole moments in this lesson. Understand the relationship between dipole moments and molecule polarity, and learn how to determine if a molecule is polar or nonpolar.


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