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The boiling point of a substance is the temperature at which the vapor pressure of the liquid equals the environmental pressure surrounding the liquid

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Will gaseous ionic compounds be free moving ions?

I knew while learning about electrolysis that if the ionic compound is molten it becomes free moving ions. If that is the case, what will happen if I continued heating till it reaches the boiling ...
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Why is the boiling point of stibane higher than that of ammonia?

I recently came across the fact that the boiling point of $\ce{SbH3}$ (stibane) is greater than that of $\ce{NH3}$ (ammonia). I was expecting $\ce{NH3}$ to have a greater boiling point as a ...
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Why does silicon tetrafluoride have a higher melting point than sulfur tetrafluoride?

So looking at the Wikipedia pages of sulfur tetrafluoride and silicon tetrafluoride, the melting points are −121 °C and −90 °C respectively, and so $\ce{SiF4}$ has the higher melting point. However, ...
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Alkane, alkene, alkyne boiling point comparison

Which of the following has higher boiling points? Alkanes, alkenes, or alkynes? And why?
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Will the water at the bottom of the tube boil at the same temperature as the water at the top of the tube?

Consider a long, vertical tube of water, as shown below: Where $P_\mathrm{atm}$ is the atmospheric pressure and $P_\mathrm{bottom}$ is the pressure at the bottom of the tube. The tube is long ...
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Justification for Freezing Point Depression & Boiling Point Elevation in Solutions?

I was wondering if the following justification for freezing point depression and boiling point elevation are conceptually correct. The reason why I ask this question is because I have been self ...
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Trend in the boiling point of the hydrogen halides

The boiling points of the hydrogen halides are as follows: $$\begin{array}{cc} \hline \text{Species} & \text{Boiling point / }\mathrm{^\circ C} \\ \hline \ce{HCl} & -85.1 \\ \ce{HBr} & -...
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Why do cyclic hydrocarbons have higher boiling points than their acyclic isomers?

As pointed out in the comments to this question, cyclic hydrocarbons have higher boiling points than their acyclic isomers. The major attractive force for hydrocarbons should be the London forces, ...
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Why do the melting and boiling points of the noble gases increase when the atomic number increases?

What causes the melting and boiling points of noble gases to rise when the atomic number increases? What role do the valence electrons play in this?
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Why do different substances have different boiling points?

For example, why does for example oxygen turn into gas at a much lower temperature than water? Does it have anything to do with the molecular structure? A water molecule does have a more complex ...
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Which substance has the highest temperature range between melting and boiling point

Which substances exist that are normally liquid and that will not freeze nor boil even at relatively low/high temperatures as compared to the freezing and boiling points of water? Or how can I ...
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Why do alkenes with more surface contact have greater London forces?

Why is it that alkenes with greater surface contact have greater London forces? I thought greater London forces were dependent on the size of the molecules, or the number of electrons, rather than the ...
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Why do the boiling and melting points decrease as you go down group 1 and vice versa for group 7?

I used to think that because an alkali metal needs to lose one electron to complete its outer shell, when the atom increases in size (atomic radius), the electron would be easier to lose as the ...
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Boiling and melting point of trans- and cis-but-2-ene

The boiling point of trans-but-2-ene is lower than that of its cis isomer but the melting point of the former is higher than the later. Why is it not following the same order? Is there any factor of ...
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Melting and boiling point trend in Group II

The following picture shows the melting and boiling point trends down group II elements. I have added question marks where the variability in data was rather disturbing (over two hundred degrees ...
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How is it possible for a substance to have a high heat of vaporization but a low boiling point?

The final paragraph of Dissenter's question here is worthy of standing alone: [H]ow does one square a high heat of vaporization with a low boiling point? If it takes a lot of energy to vaporize ...
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Why do cyclic ethers have higher boiling points than their acyclic isomers?

TL;DR version is the question title. Some context and data follow. I was creating an assignment for my organic chemistry students in which they would need to draw as many isomers as they could from a ...
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Boiling point of vodka

What is the boiling point of vodka? I have found the boiling point of ethanol, ~173 (degrees) F. However, I am unable to find the boiling point of vodka. I found some information on it, but I do not ...
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Which among phenol and 1,2-dihydroxybenzene has the higher boiling point?

My attempt Based on symmetry: I think that looking for symmetry phenol has a higher boiling point than 1,2-dihydroxybenzene because the two -OH groups projecting out from the benzene ring of 1,2-...
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At what temperature (in kelvin) are most of the elements on the periodic table liquids?

This question is out of pure curiosity. At what temperature are a majority of the elements on the periodic table in a liquid state/phase of matter? For the purpose of this question, assume the ...
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How to compare the boiling point of water, ammonia and hydrogen fluoride?

According to the values of boiling points that I found on internet the order is as follows: $\ce{H2O}$ > $\ce{HF}$ > $\ce{NH3}$ I was expecting $\ce{HF}$ to have highest boiling point because F ...
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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: $\ce{CO2}$: dispersion ...
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Why does decreasing the pressure of the system increase the relative volatility of a binary solution?

In our teaching lab, we were posed with the following question as an exersize: If the boiling points of two compounds differ by $\pu{50 ^\circ C}$ at atmospheric pressure, what will be the effect ...
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Caffeine boiling and melting points

According to both caffeine's pubchem page and chemspider page its boiling point lies at 173°C and its melting point at ~235°C. How can it melt at that temperature if it already sublimated at 173°C? Or ...
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Why do chlorinated silanes have lower boiling points than their methane analogs?

The boiling points of the chlorinated silanes and methanes are given below: $$\begin{array}{ccc} \hline \text{Species} & \text{Boiling point (X = Si) / }\mathrm{^\circ C} & \text{Boiling ...
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Why are the dispersion forces in CS2 stronger than the dipole-dipole forces in COS?

London dispersion forces supposedly have the least strength out of all the intermolecular forces. But $\ce{CS2}$, which has only dispersion forces, has a higher boiling point (and thus stronger ...
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Why do alcohols and ethers have approximately the same solubility in water but different boiling points?

In Morrison & Boyd, I found this question: Butan-1-ol (b.p. $118~\mathrm{^\circ C}$) has a much higher boiling point than its isomer diethyl ether (b.p. $35~\mathrm{^\circ C}$), yet both ...
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Boiling point of a liquid increasing with temperature?

In my textbook, a statement is given, as follows: Boiling point of a liquid increases with increase in temperature However, I was wondering, isn't this wrong? The boiling point of a liquid always ...
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Why there is an exception in melting and boiling point in p block?

Why is the boiling point and melting point of 15th group and 16th group has an exception? We know that as molecular mass increases boiling point and melting point also increase. So, down the group 15 ...
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Melting points and boiling points of primary alcohols do not follow the same trend

If one considers boiling points (in °C) of primary alcohols, one finds the following: methanol: 65 ethanol: 79 1-propanol: 97 1-butanol: 117 1-pentanol: 138 This trend is due to Van der Waals forces ...
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Physical properties of phenols

Order of increasing boiling point is p-nitrophenol > m-nitrophenol > o-nitrophenol. The difference between bp of p- and o-nitrophenol is that one form intermolecular hydrogen bonding while other form ...
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Liquefying butane in a freezer

If place a can of pressurized liquid butane (such as a lighter refill canister) into a freezer to get it below its boiling point of $-1\ \mathrm{^\circ C}$, and then release it into a container kept ...