# How would the molecular (microscopic) level of salt and sugar look when dissolved in water?

Mar 21, 2017

Well, $N a C l \left(a q\right)$ involves bond breaking, and ${C}_{6} {H}_{12} {O}_{6} \left(a q\right)$ involves solvation.......
When an ionic salt dissolves in water (or some other polar solvent), bond breaking is conceived to occur. For salt, in water, the strong electrostatic bond between $N {a}^{+}$ and $C {l}^{-}$ ions are broken, and ion-dipole complexes with the water molecules result. As far as anyone knows, we could represent these as ${\left[N a {\left(O {H}_{2}\right)}_{6}\right]}^{+}$ and ${\left[C l {\left({H}_{2} O\right)}_{4 - 6}\right]}^{-}$.