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Homework Help: Chem. Posted before but no answer

Posted by Chelsea on Monday, September 14, 2009 at 11:55pm.

Yes, there was a difference in my results between the solubilities of benzophenone in methyl alcohol and benzophenone in hexane. Benzophenone [essentially nonpolar (slightly polar due to the C=O bond)] was soluble in methyl alcohol, but only partially soluble in hexane. The reason for this is that methyl alcohol has an intermediate polarity, whereas hexane is nonpolar. FINISH. At this point I got confused... if benzophenone is basically nonpolar and hexane is nonpolar, then why wasn't benzophenone fully soluble in hexane and why was it fully soluble in methyl alcohol, rather than only partially?

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