What are non-polar solvents?


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Non-polar solvents are chemical compounds that are non-polar in nature. A non-polar chemical compound is comprised of atoms that have very small differences in electronegativity.

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Each atom on the periodic table has an electronegativity value that describes its ability to bond to other atoms. If the difference between two elements are small then they have a non-polar bond. For an entire compound to be non-polar, all of the electronegativities of the atoms in the compound must be similar. Non-polar solvents also have no partial charges due to their small differences in electronegativities. These solvents dissolve all types of non-polar compounds.

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