Problem: Which statement best compares the melting point of butane (C4H10) with that of octane (C8H18)?a) The melting points of both substances are identical.b) The melting point is lower for the substance that has stronger attractive forces.c) The melting point is higher for the substance that has stronger intermolecular forces.d) The melting point is not dependent on intermolecular forces.

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Which statement best compares the melting point of butane (C4H10) with that of octane (C8H18)?

a) The melting points of both substances are identical.
b) The melting point is lower for the substance that has stronger attractive forces.
c) The melting point is higher for the substance that has stronger intermolecular forces.
d) The melting point is not dependent on intermolecular forces.

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