Problem: Consider water and glycerol , CH2( OH)CH(OH)CH2OH.Would you expect them to be miscible in all proportions?

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We’re being asked to determine if water and glycerol are miscible in all proportions.

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

Therefore, a pure solvent with similar polarity can successfully dissolve a solute to create a solution. 



Let's take a look at each given statement.


Water (H2O) + Glycerol (CH2( OH)CH(OH)CH2OH)

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Consider water and glycerol , CH2( OH)CH(OH)CH2OH.

Would you expect them to be miscible in all proportions?

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