Problem: Which of the following statements about soaps and detergents is FALSE?a. The polar end is attracted to grease and oil. b. They have a polar and a nonpolar end. c. The nonpolar end is hydrophobic. d. The polar end is hydrophilic. e. They can be described as surfactants. 

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Soaps and Detergents: have a polar/hydrophilic head and nonpolar/hydrophobic tail


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Which of the following statements about soaps and detergents is FALSE?

a. The polar end is attracted to grease and oil. 

b. They have a polar and a nonpolar end. 

c. The nonpolar end is hydrophobic. 

d. The polar end is hydrophilic. 

e. They can be described as surfactants. 

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