Problem: Explain why 1-propanol (CH3CH2CH2OH) is miscible in both water (H2O) and hexane (C6H6) when hexane and water are barely soluble in each other.

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We’re being asked why 1-propanol is miscible with water and hexane while hexane is not miscible with water

The problem can be separated into three statements:

  • 1-propanol is miscible with hexane
  • 1-propanol is miscible with water
  • hexane is not miscible with water


This problem talks about the miscibility of the compounds.

miscible → they will mix and will form a homogeneous mixture
immiscible → they will not mix and will form a heterogeneous mixture


We’re going to use the theory “likes” dissolving “likes”  which states that the solvent can only completely dissolve the solute if they share similar polarity


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Explain why 1-propanol (CH3CH2CH2OH) is miscible in both water (H2O) and hexane (C6H6) when hexane and water are barely soluble in each other.

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