Why paraffin is a non polar?


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2012-02-12 18:44:38
2012-02-12 18:44:38

Paraffin (C25H52) is non-polar bond because it is not soluble in water which is a polar solvent, while it is soluble in mineral oil which is non-polar solvent.

(Polar substances and ionic substances dissolve in polar solvents and non-polar substances dissolve in non-polar solvents.)


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