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6: Intermolecular Forces

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    • 6.1: Intermolecular Forces
      The physical properties of condensed matter (liquids and solids) can be explained in terms of the kinetic molecular theory. In a liquid, intermolecular attractive forces hold the molecules in contact, although they still have sufficient kinetic energy to move past each other. Intermolecular attractive forces, collectively referred to as van der Waals forces, are responsible for the behavior of liquids and solids and are electrostatic in nature.
    • 6.2: Intermolecular Forces in Action
      The physical properties of substances are dependent upon the nature of the intermolecular forces acting on each case
    • 6.3: Intermolecular Forces in Solutions

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