Aqueous

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Aqueous is a term that is often used to describe a state of a solution which has been dissolved in the solvent of Water. Water has a polar nature which makes it an ideal solvent for hydrophillic (water-loving) molecules[1]. If a solution is dissolved in water it is shown with the letters (aq) written in brackets after the chemical formula of the substance[2]. For example, Ca2+(aq).

References

  1. THE BIOLOGY PROJECT BIOCHEMISTRY. The Chemistry of Water. Revised January 2003. Last accessed 15/10/2018. http://www.biology.arizona.edu/biochemistry/tutorials/chemistry/page3.html
  2. Helmenstine, Anne Marie last accessed 03/12/15 http://chemistry.about.com/od/chemistryglossary/g/aqueous-definition.htm
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