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Homework Help: Determining which Nonpolar Solute most likely to be soluble in nonpolar solvent

  1. Aug 23, 2008 #1
    1. Which of the following substances is most likely to be soluble in a nonpolar solvent?

    a. glucose
    b. graphite
    c. sulfur
    d. lithium fluoride

    2. Relevant equations

    Is there a way to figure out which of the nonpolar molecules above would most likely be soluble using the structure of the substances?

    3. The attempt at a solution
    Lithium fluoride is ionic so it is polar so it cannot be it. Glucose does not appear to have perfect symmetry so I assumed that it was slightly polar. Sulfur and graphite are pure elements, and I don't understand why sulfur would more likely to be soluble in nonpolar solvent. Ksp seems useless here since we are not dealing with ionic compounds.
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  3. Aug 23, 2008 #2


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    Except graphite is carbon and so are nonpolar solvents.
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