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  1. #1 CaO or MgO, which one are more soluble? 
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    Why CaO is a more effective drying agent than MgO?


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    Because Ca is more electropositive than Mg (being further down the periodic table in the same group), CaO is more ionic than MgO. This means that the O in CaO is more like O2 and therefore reacts better with water to form OH:



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