Determining state based on intermolecular interactions

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Determining state based on intermolecular interactions

Postby 205296774 » Mon Nov 18, 2019 8:16 pm

I came across a question that asked which specific molecule would be in the liquid state at room temperature. Is there a specific interaction that guarantees a liquid state at room temperature? How would one distinguish and answer this question?

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Re: Determining state based on intermolecular interactions

Postby Cynthia Gong 1L » Mon Nov 18, 2019 10:22 pm

There is no specific interaction that would guarantee liquid state at room temperature, but a general guideline would be that gases have the weakest intermolecular interactions at room temperature (London Dispersion), liquids have interactions with strengths somewhere in between, and solids have the strongest intermolecular interactions (ionic)


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