Here is what I think I know: The entropy of dissolution reactions increases as methylene groups are added (i.e. butanol has higher entropy of dissolution than propanol). Also, acyclic saturated hydrocarbons become more hydrophobic as the number of methylene groups increases.
Here is where I get confused:
Larger hydrocarbons have a higher enthalpy of dissolution because they are composed of a greater number of bonds. BUT why does the CHANGE in entropy of dissolution become more negative as the number of carbons increases? Doesn't the dissolution of a larger hydrophobic compound yield a more positive entropy value/become less negative because the initial entropy of the solvent is very low (many large, ordered solvent cages) and then solvent entropy increases after the molecules aggregate by the hydrophobic effect?
Super confused...thank you.