Jiller1994

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In general, Do organic solvents prefer neutral/ uncharged species as compared to water which prefers charged (positive or negative) species?

Also, do polar organic solvents mix with water at all?
Dichloromethane, simply by its tetrahedral conformation seems like it'd be polar but it doesn't mix with water.


Thanks for clarification!
 

sazerac

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(1) yes, like dissolves like

(2) yes, alcohol mixes with water, but if you drink your cocktail fast enough, the ice won't have a chance to melt and you can keep this mixing to a minimum

(3) CH2Cl2 is indeed polar, but it isn't polar enough to mix with water. I like your line of reasoning, however, and the MCAT wouldn't hit you with an ambiguous situation like that. Strong work!