Problem: Arrange the non-covalent interactions in order of strength.ion-ion interactions hydrogen bonding dipole-dipole interactions dispersion forces

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We are asked to arrange the non-covalent interactions in order of strength.


Recall that there are several types of intermolecular forces (Arranged from strongest to weakest)

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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Arrange the non-covalent interactions in order of strength.

ion-ion interactions 

hydrogen bonding 

dipole-dipole interactions 

dispersion forces

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