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    what is the solubility of oil and water

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    the only way to mix oil and water is to use an emulsifier
    O, they won't mix water and oil will separate, oil will go to the top of water.
    dwayne1716

    THEY WILL MIX TO A POINT WATER GOES TO THE BOTTOM
    They arent, most oil is not soluble in water. Oil is hydrophobic, or "water fearing."
    This goes for all lipids.
    There are some water miscible oils but they are rare and typically only used in very specialty situations.
    "BP" found a way in the gulf of mexico, check with them..
    None they don't mix.....
    DEPENDS ON THE VISCOSITY OF THE OIL
    Oil and water are mixed all the time - often to make the product you use everyday. "Melandrupert" is basically correct because when they are mixed an emulsion is created. To do this, you need and emulsifer, whose actual chemical name is a surfactant. Surfactants are two-ended molecules that grab onto different chemical substance that normally 'bounce" off of each other. By using the correct surfactant and the right mixing technique you can get the oil and water to mix. You can make an oil in water emulsion - where small oil droplets, coated with surfactant, end up floating around in the water, or a water in oil emulsion, which is just the opposite.
    A simple example is soap. It is a surfactant and works because it coats dirts and makes it compatible with water - which then washes it away. Water would bounce off the dirt with out the surfactant - it forms a very quick and simple emulsion, and washes away. And believe me, you probably come in contact with and use emulsions all day long and don't even realize it. MANY daily products and food are based on emulsion and surfactant technology.
    That is what my first in-laws were called by their children: "oil" for the husband, and "water" for the wife. It was really funny, because oil and water don't really mix, but you can shake it up and make an emulsion, which will only last for a while!


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