why are most of the covalent compounds insoluble in water?

Asked by Rohith Kumar | 17th Dec, 2014, 08:00: PM

Expert Answer:

Covalent compounds are soluble in organic solvents (non-polar) but insoluble in water (polar).

This is because organic solvents (non-polar) like benzene, alcohol dissolve non-polar covalent compounds. (Like dissolves like).

Water is a polar solvent and cannot dissolve non-polar covalent compounds, but dissolves polar.

Answered by Vaibhav Chavan | 18th Dec, 2014, 11:45: AM