The forces, either attractive or repulsive, that exist between molecules due to electric charge.

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How to determine if a compound is likely to become a solid at room temperature?

Reasoning: My guess would have to be that it has to do with the strength of the intermolecular forces between each molecules. Take for example, molecular compounds that have a very low molar mass like ...
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Why is CF4 non-polar and CHF3 polar?

This question is a bit tricky to me because of the following: Take in consideration these two molecules: $\ce{CHF3}$ and $\ce{CF4}$ These are their Lewis dot structure: $\ce{CHF3}$ $\ce{CF4}$ ...
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Why is there a greater degree of separation in a dipole-dipole interaction?

My textbook says this: Electrostatic forces between two ions decrease by the factor $\frac{1}{d^2}$ as their separation distance, $d$, increases. Dipole–dipole forces, however, vary as ...
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Intermolecular and Intramolecular Forces (Vapor pressure of n-butylamine and methanol)

What are the different properties that intermolecular forces and Intramolecular forces attribute to? i.e. intermolecular forces contribute to BPs, vapor pressures, etc. Specific problem: why does ...
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Why is a ketone not capable of hydrogen bonding among themselves?

The ketone has one oxygen atom in it and there are two lone pairs hanging out, both of which make it seemingly capable of hydrogen bonding. But in reality it is not. Did some research and found ...
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Charge consistency in fragment qm/mm methods

I'm calculating the multipole moments on several fragments of a molecule. What are some procedures to ensure that the charges etc are representative of the complete molecule? How do I ensure I'm not ...
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Intermolecular Interaction

The Inter molecular interaction that is dependent on the inverse cube of distance between the molecules is: Hydrogen Bond ion-ion interaction ion-dipole interaction London Force My thinking: ...
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What radius best represents reaction distance?

Molecules must be within a certain distance for a reaction to begin as well as satisfying a myriad of other factors. Whilst the exact distance varies from reaction to reaction, is their any ...
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Interpreting a Phase Diagram?

The correct answer (that is false) is A) however can someone please explain why the other options would be true and why it is in fact possible to compress a solid to produce a liquid?
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Interaction radius of a molecule

What is the most commonly used radius of an atom or molecule to describe the area that must touch another area of another molecule for the two to react. Is there one radius that always works or does ...
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Alkane, Alkene, Alkyne boiling point

I'll be having a national test tomorrow. I'd like to clarify so that I don't answered it wrong. Question: Which of the following has higher boiling points? Alkanes, Alkenes, or Alkynes? And why? ...
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How do you know what inter-molecular interactions are present?

I'm studying for a chem exam and there are often questions of this form: What kind of inter-molecular interactions are important in (insert compound here). Then the possible answers are any ...
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Is the momentary dipole in between a cell membrane due to the van-der-Waals forces?

There are van-der-Waals forces within non-polar molecules. I read it that is mainly due to the instantaneous movements of the electron cloud's distribution. When looking at symmetrical molecules like ...
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How to get a protein's dihedral angles ordered by variance?

The setting: I want to simulate protein docking and let some dihedral angles vary, but in order to keep it low-dimensional I have to select those which are most likely to change. What I've thought of ...
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What forces keep a cotton fiber together?

According to Wikipedia, a single cellulose molecule is: a linear chain of several hundred to many thousands of β(1→4) linked D-glucose units. which means a cellulose molecule ...
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Why are C6 dispersion forces named C6?

I'm reading about water models and their dispersion coefficients, and going back to S. C. Wang's work according to the citation of an equation (Google books here) As you can see one citation's to a ...
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When the intermolecular forces in a liquid increase, does the equilibrium vapor pressure of the liquid at a given temperature increase or decrease?

I assumed it would increase, but I think I am wrong. I know that when the forces are strong, the vapor pressure would decrease. Does this same principle apply to the IM forces increasing?
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What forces hold ink on paper?

On regular paper, ink is absorbed, while on photopaper ink stays at the surface and dries for a longer time. What forces act in these two different cases? (see also related questions about pencil ...
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How to rationalise the difference in the melting points of acids and alcohols with inter molecular forces?

Acids: arachidic acid, palmitic acid, lauric acid, etc. Alcohols: butan-1-ol, pentan-1-ol, etc. The melting points of acids with $\ce{-COOH}$ at the end compared to melting points of alcohols, ...
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Is there a clear distinction between the various intra- and intermolecular interactions?

Wikipedia lists dipole-dipole, hydrogen bonding and Van der Waals under intermolecular interactions, and hydrophobic, ionic and covalent under intramolecular interactions. Is there a clear ...
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Structures present in liquid water

I know this may be a too generic question, but here it goes anyway. It is already know that solid water (ice) organizes its molecules in a lattice (in a variety of 16 different crystals and one ...
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How are pencil marks “adhered” to the paper?

Pencils create marks by physical abrasion, leaving behind a trail of solid core material that adheres to a sheet of paper or other surface. Wikipedia Normal paper is mainly composed of cellulose ...
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the strongest intermolecular forces between hydrogen bromide and potassium permanganate? [closed]

the strongest intermolecular forces between $\ce{HBr}$ and $\ce{KMnO4}$? Is $\ce{HBr}$ polar nonpolar or ionic? how about $\ce{KMnO4}$?
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What's the reason for discrepancy between DFT calculated image and NC-AFM-acquired one in this article?

Looking at the images in this article, I've noticed that the molecule electron density images showed as calculated via DFT look very symmetric, while those obtained by NC-AFM appear somewhat ...
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Entanglement of large molecules

In many textbooks and chemistry curricula, we can see the description of large molecules (particularly in the discussion of hydrocarbons and other nonpolar compounds) as having "entanglement." ...
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Why does capillary action occur better in narrow tubes than in wide tubes?

We all have seen the meniscus of a small graduated cylinder in the lab. The reasons for the occurrence of capillary action are clear, but why does it occur more profusely in smaller-rimmed containers? ...
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Halogen bond definition

I was looking for an accurate definition of halogen bonding. I was able to find quite a few good ones, but none of them would explain if a X---H intermolecular interaction would count as a form of ...
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Factors of London Forces

In class we learnt that the London forces become stronger as the relative molecular mass increases. Not just as in organic chemistry but in things like the halogens. However, as I understand, the ...
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how protons(H+) react with matter and cause the solution to be acid?

For example if my hands were put in a HCl solution how does the protons in the solution which in high amounts will interfere/react with my hand(skin->proteins..) and cause it to burn...or how protons ...
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How do I figure out the relative polarity of organic compounds?

It's a question on my quiz which I guessed right and couldn't do the reasoning: Based on the intermolecular forces, predict the boiling points of the following substances and list them in the ...
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Intermolecular forces in Carbon Nanotubes?

What are the intermolecular forces that can be found in Carbon Nanotubes?
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Finding physical properties of epoxide groups

I have a project (12 Chemistry) that asks to talk about the physical properties of epoxide groups. This includes the boiling/melting point of epoxides as well as what intermolecular forces are at play ...
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Does hydrogen bonding only occur between water molecules?

Does hydrogen bonding only occur between water molecules? Is the dipole-dipole intermolecular interaction know as hydrogen bonding because it is between water molecules, or is called that because of ...
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How does sugammadex (a modified cyclodextrin) draw rocuronium into its lipophilic cavity?

Sugammadex is a modified cyclodextrin: 8 member sugar ring with carboxyl thioether extensions. Rocuronium is an aminosteroid, 4 steroid rings and one protonated amine group. Sugammadex binds ...
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Bond Angles and intermolecular interactions

It's fun to consider bond angles of molecules in isolation. For example, what is the number of different bond angles exhibited by the most polar form of $\ce{SIBrClF2}$? However, can bond angles ...
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Which compound has the highest melting point?

Which of the following compounds has the highest melting point : $\ce{PCl5}$, $\ce{H2O}$, $\ce{NaCl}$, $\ce{SrCl2}$, $\ce{CaF2}$? I've asked a question concerning the boiling points and I got an ...
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Arrange these compounds: CO2, CH3OH, RbF, CH3Br in order of increasing boiling points

Arrange these compounds: $\ce{CO2}$, $\ce{CH3OH}$, $\ce{RbF}$, $\ce{CH3Br}$ in order of increasing boiling points. I think I should consider the forces between them, that is: $\ce{CO2}$: ...
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Structure of fluoroalkylsilane

I want to use FAS (fluoroalkylsilane) in my molecular dynamics study. How can I find it's real structure? So that I can find proper forcefield for simulating the molecule. It would be very nice if you ...
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is this statement always true? : The more -OH functional groups in the molecule, the more is its viscosity

Is the following statement always true? The more $\ce{-OH}$ functional groups in the molecule, the more is its viscosity? I think it is true, because it is known that weak intermolecular forces ...
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Why doesn't the viscosity of water change much with temperature like it does for other substances?

I would like to know why water doesn't ever become like syrup before it freezes when many other liquids, such as hydrocarbons, seem to have a more gradual change from becoming more viscous and then ...
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Van der Waals Radius clarifications

I just read about van der Waals radius and had some questions about it. Would it be correct to say that in general, van der Waals radius decreases as we move from left to right in the periodic ...
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What is the difference between a bond, force, and interaction?

I am trying to explain why some solids are more soluble in water than others: So the energy released from the formation of bonds between the solid solute molecules and water molecules compensate the ...
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Why do ionic substances with higher lattice energies tend to be less soluble in water than substances with lower lattice energies

I understand that that energy is required to overcome intermolecular forces holding solute particles together in the crystal but I don't understand how this relates to lattice energies and its ...
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Homoassociation and Acid Strength

I understand that the strength of HF differs significantly depending on the concentration. I understand the basic theory behind this - homoassociation - and stabilization of the highly negative charge ...
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How would you know if … is H-Bond or Perm Dipole or Induced Dipole?

For example like HCl, why isn't it a Hydrogen Bond?
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Natural Bond Orbital (NBO) analyses: Physical significance/interpretation of E(2) 'stabilization energy'?

PREFACE: I am no expert on this topic. My questions at the bottom may be off base. I have some experience with symmetry-adapted perturbation theory (SAPT) when it comes to analyzing intermolecular ...
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Why is mass proportional to the strength of a dipole-dipole attraction? meaning more mass more strength [duplicate]

I don't understand why the mass of a molecule make it attract more to other polar molecules.
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What's the relationship between Van der Waals forces and hydrophobic interactions?

A question on a past exam for a course I'm studying for asks: What's the relation between Van der Waals forces and hydrophobic interactions? From what I understand, Van der Waals forces are ...
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What type of intermolecular forces will dominate Diethyl ether?

Is Diethyl ether (also known as ethyl ether) a polar molecule? What type of intermolecular forces dominate it? Dipole-Dipole Interactions, London Dispersion Forces or Hydrogen Bonding? Please Explain. ...