Problem: Use the normal boiling points: propane, C3H8, –42.1˚C; butane, C4H10, –0.5˚C; pentane, C5H12, 36.1˚C; hexane, C6H14, 68.7˚C; heptane, C7H16, 98.4˚C; to estimate the normal boiling point of octane, C8H18.

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To estimate boiling point of octane, C8H18 plot # of C's vs. boiling points:

  • As # of C's increase → boiling points also increase:
    • propane < butane < pentane < hexane < heptane 


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Use the normal boiling points: propane, C3H8, –42.1˚C; butane, C4H10, –0.5˚C; pentane, C5H12, 36.1˚C; hexane, C6H14, 68.7˚C; heptane, C7H16, 98.4˚C; to estimate the normal boiling point of octane, C8H18.

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