Explore: Solutions

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A solution is a solid (solute) dissolved in a liquid (solvent), and there are several different kinds of solutions, including electrolytes (salt solution) and non-electrolytes (sugar solution). We could tell the difference between the two using an electric conductivity tester, the electrolytes conducted electricity in solution, the non-electrolytes did not conduct in solution, and the DI water didn’t conduct electricity. This is because the electrolyte is an ionic compound which has been separated into the ions. Which give the water charge, while the non electrolyte didn’t have any ionic bonds, therefore no ions and no charge. One can diagram salt solution as the Na+ with the O in water facing/surrounding it, while the Cl- holds the water with the hydrogen facing it. One can diagram the sugar solution with the particles simply surrounded by water, no polar reaction

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