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Paper Chromatography

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The diagram below represents a chromatography experiment.

Chromatography is a word that means "color writing." It is a technique that can be used to separate the components of a mixture.

In this experiment, a marker was used to make a dot of green ink on a piece of paper. The bottom edge of the paper was placed in water, and the water traveled vertically up the paper. As a result, the spot of green ink was separated into two colors: blue and yellow.

Which of the following is the BEST explanation for the fact that the blue ink moved farther up the paper than the yellow ink in this experiment?

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A

The density of blue ink is greater than the density of yellow ink.

B

Blue ink is more soluble in water than yellow ink is.

C

Blue ink has a smaller molar mass than yellow ink.

D

Molecules of blue ink are smaller in size than molecules of yellow ink.