2nd October 2019

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Is acetone polar?

If there are no polar bonds then the molecule cannot be polar. Bonds are polar if two elements of differing electronegativities are bonded to each other. Acetone is a polar molecule because it has a polar bond, and the molecular structure does not cause the dipole to be canceled.

Keeping this in consideration, is acetone a polar solvent?

However, acetone is still considered a polar aprotic solvent, despite the fact that it is relatively acidic, and not significantly less acidic than alcohols. Then again, acetone (and other carbonyl containing solvents) are, indeed, poor solvents when using strong bases due to their relatively high acidity.

Is acetone a solvent?

Acetone (systematically named propanone) is the organic compound with the formula (CH3)2CO. It is a colorless, volatile, flammable liquid, and is the simplest and smallest ketone. Acetone is miscible with water and serves as an important solvent in its own right, typically for cleaning purposes in laboratories.

Why is acetone a better solvent than water?

Its slight polarity allows it to dissolve polar substances, and the fact that it is less polar than water allows greater resolution between pigments on paper. These reasons allow acetone to be a great solvent for pigment chromatography. Other solvents that are good are small alcohols for the same reason!
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