What is the reason why hydrocarbons are not soluble in water?

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What is the reason why hydrocarbons are not soluble in water?

Water Molecules:

Water is one molecule that is essential for life on Earth. It is made of one oxygen atom bound covalently to two hydrogen atoms. The oxygen is more electronegative than the hydrogen atom, which creates a polar covalent bond.

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Hydrocarbons are not soluble in water because they are hydrophobic. The term hydrophobic means "water-fearing" and hydrophobic molecules do...

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What is Hydrophobic? - Definition & Interactions

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Chapter 3 / Lesson 12
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In chemistry, water is considered to be the universal solvent, and materials that are hydrophilic can dissolve in it. Hydrophobic molecules, however, do not dissolve in water. This lesson discusses the characteristics necessary for molecules to be considered hydrophobic.


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