Problem: The table below lists the density of O2 at various temperatures and at 1 atm. The normal melting point of O2 is 54 K.Temperature (K)Density (mol/L)6040.17038.68037.29035.61000.1231200.1021400.087What intermolecular forces are operative in O2?

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We have to determine which intermolecular forces are present in oxygen (O2).


Recall that there are several types of intermolecular forces:

1. Ion-dipole interaction – occurs between an ion and a polar covalent compound

2. Hydrogen bonding – occurs in compounds where hydrogen is directly connected to an electronegative element such as N, O, or F

3. Dipole-dipole interaction – occurs between two polar covalent compounds

4. Induced-dipole interaction – occurs when a nonpolar compound interacts with a polar compound

5. Dispersion forces – occurs in all compounds. This is the primary intermolecular force exhibited by nonpolar compounds.

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The table below lists the density of O2 at various temperatures and at 1 atm. The normal melting point of O2 is 54 K.


Temperature (K)Density (mol/L)
6040.1
7038.6
8037.2
9035.6
1000.123
1200.102
1400.087


What intermolecular forces are operative in O2?

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