Problem: Which would you expect to be more soluble in water, cyclohexane or dioxane? 

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We’re being asked to determine which is more soluble in water, cyclohexane or dioxane


Recall that the main idea in dissolution is like dissolves like, which means compounds with the same polarity and intermolecular force can dissolve each other.


Water exhibits hydrogen bonding, so the best solute is another polar compound that also exhibits hydrogen bonding



cyclohexane:

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Which would you expect to be more soluble in water, cyclohexane or dioxane? 

Dioxane is a six-membered ring with O at both points (each O has two pairs of dots) and CH2 at all other vertices. Cyclohexane is a six-membered ring composed of all CH2s.

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