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Answer to Question #8712 in Organic Chemistry for jim

Question #8712
what causes higher boiling points in alkanes?
Expert's answer
Alkanes with longer chain forms a stronger connections with neighboring molecules than alkanes with short connection. This is due to intermolecular interactions. For example, ethane has a higher boiling point than methane since it has more Van der Waals forces (intermolecular forces) with neighbouring molecules.

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