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Organic Chemistry - Ether

Let’s talk a little about ether. An ether molecule is an oxygen molecule with two R groups on each side. An ether molecule does not, however, form a straight line. Instead it forms a bond angle at the oxygen atom. This means that charge is not symmetrically distributed and the ether molecule has a dipole moment. It is a polar molecule with the negative charge on oxygen’s end. 

Ethers are somewhat soluble in water and the reason is that their polarity lets them form hydrogen bonds with water molecules. They are also weak bases and you need to know that they can be cleaved by acids.