why are hydrocarbons insoluble in water??

Why are hydrocarbons insoluble in water

Because the difference between the electronegativities of carbon and hydrogen is small (EN = 0.40), hydrocarbons are nonpolar. As a result, they do not dissolve in polar solvents such as water. Hydrocarbons are therefore described as immiscible (literally, “not mixable”) in water.

Hydrocarbon Test – water solubility

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