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A. Oil is less dense than water.
B. Oil is immiscible (does not dissolve) in water.
C. Oil is both less dense and immiscible with water.

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Asked by Humaira, Last updated: Mar 20, 2018

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B.Jason

B.Jason

Answered on Apr 20, 2018

Oil dependably buoys to the best since it is less dense than water. Oil and water don't blend since water particles are more pulled in to each other than to oil atoms. Cleanser atoms are pulled in to both water and oil. ... Oil has a lower thickness than water, so it generally coasts to finish everything.

Oil is less dense than water, so 1 cubic cm of oil weighs under 1 cubic cm of water. In this way, the upward lightness drive on the oil, which is equivalent to the heaviness of water uprooted, is more prominent than the descending power of gravity on the oil, otherwise called the heaviness of the oil.

Alcohol coasts on oil and water sinks in oil. Water, alcohol, and oil layer well on account of their densities, yet in addition on the grounds that the oil layer does not sink in either fluid. The oil keeps the water and alcohol segregated with the goal that they don't split in each other. ... Water sinks since it is more dense than oil.

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c.Dorothy

C.Dorothy

Answered on Feb 28, 2018

If you have ever done a simple science experiment by attempting to mix oil and water you know that these two do not mix instead the oil floats on top of the water.

This happens because oil is both less dense than water as well as immiscible with water. The reason oil and water don’t mix with one another is that water molecules are more attracted to each other than the molecules in the oil. Anything that is less dense than water will float but some things are attracted to water molecules enough that they will mix in with the water.

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered on Feb 06, 2017

Oil is both less dense and immiscible with water.
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