Top Answer
User Avatar
Wiki User
Answered 2011-04-15 03:41:45

The attraction between water molecules and another substance is called adhesion. An example of this phenomenon is the absorption of water by a towel.

Water molecules are also attracted to each other by cohesion.

Adhesion and cohesion of water are both caused by the polarity of water molecules.

Molecules are said to be polar if they have opposite electrical charges at different ends of the molecule. Nonpolar molecules have none or evenly distributed charges (oil is an example of a nonpolar substance).

Since opposite charges attract, water is attracted to other polar (or ionic) substances.

User Avatar

Your Answer

Still Have Questions?

Related Questions

What is it called when water sticks to different substances?

Adhesion is when water is attracted to other substances. Cohesion is water's attraction to other water molecules.

What is cohesion of water?

Cohesion of water is how well it sticks to itself. Also adhesion of water is how well it sticks to other substances. cohension of water is caused by hydrogen bonds

What is a property that enables water to dissolve other substances such as sea salt?

The property that enables water to dissolve other substances, such as sea salts, is cohesion. Thanks for using WikiAnswers! Ask again!

What is the property that allows water to cling to other substances?

the property is capillary action. it is possible because water is polar. that means it has an electrical charge.

Matchsticks don't imbibe water why?

match sticks do not have hydrophilic substances in order 2 imbibe water.

What property does water have that allows it to dissolve many substances?

Water is a polar substance, which means that any other polar substances will dissolve in it. The opposite is mineral turpentine which is non-polar so all non-polar substances dissolve in it.

What property of water allows it to dissolve other substances?

Water is a polar molecule which means it has a slight positive charge on one side of the molecule and a slight negative charge on the other side. Being a polar molecule allows it to dissolve other substances.

What is the name for the property of water in which it sticks to other?

cohesion causes water to adhere to itself. Adhesion causes water to adhere to other things. These two properties together allow for the "wick effect" a.k.a. capillary effect of water where water will actually climb tube.

What substances are excreted in normal urine?

excess water and other water soluble substances ......

What substances have the property of solubility?

Solubility is referring to the ability of a substance to dissolve when placed in a substance such as water. Salt and sugar are very soluble substances in water.

What property of water makes it so different from other substances?

It contracts when heated from 0 deg C to 4 deg C. Other substance expand when heated.

Do soluble substances evaporate with water?

Only traces or other substances are released with water vapors.

Explain the statement like dissolves like?

Polar substances will dissolve other polar substances.*Ionic substances will dissolve other ionic substancesNonpolar substances will dissolve other nonpolar substances.*Water is called the universal solvent because it can dissolve both polar and ionic substances. (Although not all ionic substances will be dissolved by water.)

A substance that dissolves?

"this property of water helps move substances from the roots of trees to their leaves"

Still have questions?

Trending Questions
How old is Danielle cohn? Asked By Wiki User
Unanswered Questions
How thick is a rams skull? Asked By Wiki User
Is hugged a common noun? Asked By Wiki User
Who is juelz Santana baby mom? Asked By Wiki User