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Is ethanol polar or nonpolar?

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Ethanol contains both polar and nonpolar parts so it can combine with pretty much anything. Like Water(polar) or Vegetable oil(nonpolar)

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No, because "like" disolves "like". Ethanol is polar. Hexane is nonpolar.


ethanol contains both a polar and a nonpolar part. The hydroxyl (OH) part is polar and the thane is non polar. so methane which is nonpolar can be dissolved by the ethane as the saying goes ''like dissolves like''.


Ethanol, or ethyl alcohol, is a polar molecule, due to the hydroxyl group.


because iodine is nonpolar and ethanol is non-polar solvent so like dissolves like


No. Water has polar molecules so only polar molecules will dissolve in water. Nonpolar molecules will only dissolve in nonpolar solvents. For example, lipids will dissolve in ethanol.


Because sodium chloride is a polar compound and ethanol is nonpolar.


It depends, polar lipids such as ethanol are soluble but nonpolar liquids, such as hexane, are insoluble.




Because iodine is nonpolar, a nonpolar substance like ethanol would dissolve it. Iodine is insoluble in polar substances like water.


A polar solute will dissolve in a polar solvent but not a nonpolar solvent. A nonpolar solvent will dissolve in a nonpolar solvent but not a polar solvent.


Nonpolar. No element on its own can be polar.


It's not polar or nonpolar, but ionic.


Honey is Polar and nonpolar


There are many things that determine whether something is polar or nonpolar, such as the chemical structure of the molecule. In the case of water, it is polar.


Sodium chloride is a polar compound; the solvent ethanol is not polar.Ethanol is a non polar solvent. NaCl is a polar compound. Therefore NaCl is insoluble in ethanol.



Hardly. Almost no sugar or salt in petrol and lots of them in water and bit less in ethanol.


Part of Ethanol is polar, part is non-polar. This property allows ethanol to be miscible in both polar and non-polar substances.


Molecules that do not dissolve in other molecules that are similar. If the molecules are not similar, they will not mix. Therefore, you have an immiscible liquid. Polar solvents will only dissolve polar compounds. (e.g. NaCl in H2O soln) Nonpolar solvents will only dissolve nonpolar compunds. (e.g Vitamin A in an oil) However, certain solvents are miscible with both polar and nonpolar solvents. An example of this would be ethanol (CH3CH2OH), which is miscible with water(polar) and hexane(nonpolar).


Mostly nonpolar. Please understand that polar or nonpolar is a continuous range, not an either or.


Because ethanol is a nonpolar solvent.


gasoline is a nonpolar.


The molecule is nonpolar


Ethanol and glycerol are both polar molecules.



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