Chloroform and cyclohexane are organic liquids that are insoluble in water and this causes distinct liquid phases, an organic phase and a water phase, to form when these organic liquids are mixed with water. However, in a chloroform/water mixture, the water phase is on the top and the organic chloroform phase is on the top, whereas in a cyclohexane/water mixture, the water phase is on the bottom and the organic cyclohexane phase is on the top. Provide an explanation for the different position of the water phase in mixtures with these organic solvents. (hint: the density of water is 1.0 g/mL.)

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Chloroform and cyclohexane are organic liquids that are insoluble in water and this causes distinct liquid phases, an organic phase and a water phase, to form when these organic liquids are mixed with water. However, in a chloroform/water mixture, the water phase is on the top and the organic chloroform phase is on the top, whereas in a cyclohexane/water mixture, the water phase is on the bottom and the organic cyclohexane phase is on the top. Provide an explanation for the different position of the water phase in mixtures with these organic solvents. (hint: the density of water is 1.0 g/mL.)

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