Dipole moment of water

  1. 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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  3. Gokul43201

    Gokul43201 11,141
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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.
  4. OK, I did not realise this is a HW-type question :blushing:.

    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?
    Last edited: Nov 15, 2005
  5. 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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