Problem: Suggest an explanation for the observations that ethanol, C2H5OH, is completely miscible with water and that ethanethiol, C2H5SH, is soluble only to the extent of 1.5 g per 100 mL of water.

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Recall: The theory of like dissolves like states that compounds with similar intermolecular forces or polarity dissolve each other. The types of intermolecular forces possible are:

Ion-dipole interaction: the strongest type; occurs between ions from ionic compounds and dipole moments from polar covalent compounds.
Hydrogen bonding: occurs when H is bonded to an electronegative atom such as N, O, F.
Dipole-dipole interaction: occurs between polar covalent compounds.
London dispersion forces: the weakest type; occurs between nonpolar covalent compounds.

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Suggest an explanation for the observations that ethanol, C2H5OH, is completely miscible with water and that ethanethiol, C2H5SH, is soluble only to the extent of 1.5 g per 100 mL of water.

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