|MadSci Network: Chemistry|
I am homeschooling. I'm playing around with kitchen chemistry, I discovered that sugar will dissolve in vegetable oil but salt will not. Why is that? I figured that it was because both were from the plant kingdom, so I tried to dissolve sugar in olive oil, but it did not. It just coagulated; neither did yeast dissolve in the oil. What is going on and how can I validate the answer? Thanks...I read the information on denaturization, and it went way over my head. Can I have a simpler explaination and a way to observe other ingredients in my kitchen to show my kids? They range from 5th grade to 9th grade. The 9th grader is studying chemical bonding, but I just don't get how to connect the two together. Thank you for your help.
Re: why does sugar dissolve in vegetable oil and salt does not?
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