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Postby Jimmy Zhang Dis 1K » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:17 am

In the solution manual it says that NO2 has a higher heat capacity because of "more possible bond vibrations." Is it safe to assume that a molecule with more bonds will have a higher heat capacity?

Chris Lamb 1G
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Postby Chris Lamb 1G » Fri Jan 19, 2018 9:26 am

Yes, heat capacity increases with molecular complexity.

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Postby siannehazel1B » Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:01 am

Yes, the larger the molecule, the more bonds there are that have to be accounted for when it is being heated.

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Postby Aditya Pimplaskar 1J » Fri Jan 19, 2018 10:23 am

I agree with the previous replies: more bonds (greater molecular complexity) contributes to a higher heat capacity. To add to previous responses, this property stems from the fact larger, more complex molecules can move (vibrate, rotate, etc.) in more ways. More options for motion leads to more energy needed to break the bonds holding these molecules together.

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Postby LMendoza 2I » Fri Jan 19, 2018 11:15 am

The more bonds there is, the harder it is to break them. Therefore, more heat would be required and the heat capacity would be higher.

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