Problem: Which member of each pair of compounds forms intermolecular H bonds? Draw the H-bonded structures in each case:(b) HOCH2CH2OH or FCH2CH2F

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We are being asked to determine which member of each pair of compounds forms intermolecular H bonds and draw the H-bonded structures 

Hydrogen Bond is the force that exists when H is directly connected to F, O, or N.


Let’s draw the Lewis structure of each molecule and determine if there’s an H directly connected to F, O, or N in the molecule.


HOCH2CH2OH

# of valence e-:

            Group             Valence Electrons
 C         4A                   2 x 4 e
- = 8 e-
 H         1A                   6 x 1 e
- = 6 e-
 O         7A                   2 x 7 e
- = 14 e-
                         Total: 
8 valence e-

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Which member of each pair of compounds forms intermolecular H bonds? Draw the H-bonded structures in each case:

(b) HOCH2CH2OH or FCH2CH2F

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