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Is it true that bigger molecules have higher melting points? Is this the thought process behind figuring out which would have a higher melting point between CHI3 and CHF3?
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Yes, if molecules have the same general structure, then the bigger one or one with more molecular weight will have the higher boiling or melting point.
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Yes because usually molecules that weigh more have stronger forces so they will have higher MP/BP
Michael Nguyen 1E
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Bigger molecules have larger electron clouds, which make them more polarizable. This will lead to stronger dipole moments between the molecules and stronger attractive forces. This will increase the melting and boiling points of the compounds.
Natalie Nartz 4F
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This is true, as molecules increase in size, their boiling point increases. This is because large molecules have more electrons and nuclei which creates stronger intramolecular forces like van der waals which then increases the boiling point.
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When the molecules has similar structures, we look at the size to see which one has a higher boiling point. As the size increases, the boiling point increases as well.
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Bigger molecules do have higher boiling points but the shape of the molecule also can influence boiling point. For example, molecules with the same molecular formula but different shapes (branched vs. linear) can have different BPs.
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