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Dipole moment of water

by Reshma
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Nov11-05, 07:48 AM
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Certain molecules have built-in dipole moments. The dipole moment of water is unusually large: 6.1 x 10-30C.m. How does this account for the effectiveness of water as a solvent?
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Nov11-05, 07:59 AM
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Looks like a standard textbook question.

This thread shoud go into the Coursework section where it will be subject to the requirement that you first tell us what you think.
Nov15-05, 08:13 AM
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OK, I did not realise this is a HW-type question .

So, in a water molecule, electrons cluster around the oxygen atom and the molecule is bent at an angle of 105 degrees. How does this make water an excellent solvent?

Nov15-05, 10:05 AM
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Dipole moment of water

The molecule is polar, that should be the "bridge" between clustered electrons and excelent solvents.

I can't blame you though. The question is worded all wierd but the concept is nevertheless the same, so you are better off researching about this.

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