why water is considered as a great solvent as compared to others

Asked by FIZA SINGH | 24th May, 2013, 05:49: PM

Expert Answer:

The major reason for which water is referred to as a universal solvent is because of its ability to dissolve many substances. The reason why water can dissolve many substances is because of its high polarity. The dielectric constant of water is 81 which is the highest for any solvent and hence it can dissolve many substances. Thus water molecules can easily break the bonds between the molecules of substance and therefore dissolve them.

Answered by  | 25th May, 2013, 03:37: PM

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