Problem: Water can be used to dissolve which type of compoundsA) nonpolar compoundsB) polar compoundsC) ionic compoundsD) both A and BE) both B and C

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We’re being asked to determine which type of compounds can water dissolve. 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.


Let's draw the structure of water (H2O):

Step 1: Since hydrogen cannot be the central atom, oxygen goes in the center.


Step 2: The total number of valence electrons present in water is:

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Water can be used to dissolve which type of compounds

A) nonpolar compounds

B) polar compounds

C) ionic compounds

D) both A and B

E) both B and C

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