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ayushibanerjee06 wrote:Why does NO2 have a higher boiling point than N2O? I am confused because NO2 is a radical.
NO2 has a higher boiling point because it is more polarizable, which means it has stronger van der waals forces. Since NO2 has more electrons than N2O, it is bigger and more polarizable. I don't think it has anything to do with the radical?
Yes exactly, because there's more electrons, there's more protons in the nucleus also so the mass is larger and that makes it a larger molecule. Because it's a larger molecule, the polarizability of it is greater, so there's a higher chance for fluctuability of its electrons around the orbitals so the chances of LDF are higher and more LDF means higher boiling point.
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