# What physical properties of water cause it to be such a good solvent?

Jan 9, 2018

Well (i) high boiling point.....

#### Explanation:

...for such a small molecule, i.e. $18 \cdot g \cdot m o {l}^{-} 1$, water has a ridiculously high boiling point of $100$ ""^@C. And (ii) this also gives us a very useful range of temperature. And (iii) because water is polar, i.e. charge-separated....$\stackrel{{\delta}^{+}}{H} - \stackrel{{\delta}^{-}}{O} - \stackrel{{\delta}^{+}}{H}$, water is a superb solvent for separation of ions....

Most solutes have some solubility in water....