How can a solvent dissolve a solute?

1 Answer
Jun 17, 2018

See below.


Before we start giving out examples, let define a two terms.

The solute is the substance that gets broken down. The solvent is the substance that breaks the solute down.

An example of this is the water (universal solvent) that dissolve salt (the solute). When mixing water with salt, you no longer see the salt particles anymore, which is a homogeneous mixture. A homogeneous mixture is a mixture made up of particles that are uniformly distributed meaning that they look the same (example: apple sauce)