Problem: Ibuprofen, widely used as a pain reliever, has a limited solubility in water, less than 1 mg/mL. Which part of the molecules structure (gray, white, red) contributes to its water solubility?

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Ibuprofen, widely used as a pain reliever, has a limited solubility in water, less than 1 mg/mL. A space-filling model of ibuprofen shows a large gray and white portion of the structure with one end containing two red spheres.

Which part of the molecules structure (gray, white, red) contributes to its water solubility?

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