How do you describe the process of dissolving?

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Dissolving involves a solute and a solvent. The solvent is the item that does the dissolving and the solute is the item that is dissolved. Dissolving implies that the solute and solvent interact to create a solution. As the solute dissolves in the solvent, the particles of the solute begin to separate. The solvent begins to surround these dissociated solute particles. In order for this to occur, the solvent particles need to collide with the solute with enough force and in the correct orientation. Additionally, there needs to be enough attraction between the solute and the solvent. This attraction will ensure that the solvent continues to surround the solute to keep the particles in solution.

The term “likes dissolves likes” alludes to the fact that polar substances will dissolve in other polar substances, while nonpolar substances dissolve in other nonpolar substances.