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Is Dissolving Sugar in Water a Chemical or Physical Change?

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When sugar dissolves in water, the sucrose molecule remains intact.

When sugar dissolves in water, the sucrose molecule remains intact.

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Question: Is Dissolving Sugar in Water a Chemical or Physical Change?

Is dissolving sugar in water an example of a chemical or physical change? This process is a little trickier to understand than most, but if you look at the definition of chemical and physical changes, you'll see how it works. Here's the answer and an explanation of the process.

Answer: Dissolving sugar in water is an example of a physical change. Here's why: A chemical change produces new chemical products. In order for sugar in water to be a chemical change, something new would need to result. A chemical reaction would have to occur. However, mixing sugar and water simply produces... sugar in water! The substances may change form, but not identity. That's a physical change.

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