In biology we learned that molecules often do not share the same properties of the individual elements they are composed of. We also learned that when table salt is dissolved in water, it breaks apart into Na and Cl atoms. Why is it, then, that when salt is dissolved in water that it still tastes salty?
The taste buds need to interact to both sodium and chloride ions at the same time in order to ‘register’ a salty taste.. sodium and chloride ions are still present in water only they are apart at a proximal distance.. so definitely dissolved table salt in water tastes salty…
from what i know, you are wrong doc. hydrolysis is indeed a chemical reaction that uses water to break down something, but water is a reactant in the hydrolysis reaction. think of the hydrolysis of an ester into an acid and an alcohol: the atoms in the water end up in the final products.
When you put NaCl into water it dissociates, i think that is the best term.. And yeah, it does not dissociate into atoms, but instead ions.