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3.6: Intermolecular Forces in Action

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  • Unit Objectives

    • Distinguish between adhesive and cohesive forces
    • Define viscosity, surface tension, and capillary rise
    • Describe the roles of intermolecular attractive forces in each of these properties/phenomena
    • Define phase transitions and phase transition temperatures
    • Explain the relation between phase transition temperatures and intermolecular attractive forces
    • Describe the energetics of covalent and ionic bond formation and breakage
    • Use the Born-Haber cycle to compute lattice energies for ionic compounds
    • Use average covalent bond energies to estimate enthalpies of reaction