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When a solute dissolves in a solvent, what happens?

  1. May 15, 2006 #1

    danago

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    Hi. When a solute dissolves in a solvent, what is actually happening? for example, when sugar dissolves in water, the process ive been given in my book is:

    -The intermolecular forces between the sugar molecules is overcome

    -The intermolecular forces between some of the water molecules must be overcome, to make space for the sugar molecules

    -intermolecular forces form between the sugar and water molecules.

    Does that mean that sugar and water molecules chemically bond?

    If possible, could someone please explain this in greater detail.

    Thanks,
    Dan
     
  2. jcsd
  3. May 15, 2006 #2
    No there is no chemical bond as such, only physical inter molecular forces.
     
  4. May 15, 2006 #3

    danago

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    oh ok. Thanks
     
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