Chemistry Intermolecular Forces Solution: Why are intermolecular forces generally much weake...

Solution: Why are intermolecular forces generally much weaker than bonding forces?

Problem

Why are intermolecular forces generally much weaker than bonding forces?

Solution

We have to explain why intermolecular forces are generally weaker than bonding forces (chemical bonds).


A chemical bond is a permanent attraction between two atoms that holds them close together to form a compound.

A chemical bond can be an ionic bond or a covalent bond.

An ionic bond is formed by complete transfer or an electron from one atom to another. The ions in the ionic bond are held close together by electrostatic forces of attraction.

For example, NaCl has Na+ and Cl- ions held together.

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