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Alkanes

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Hydrocarbons are compounds composed of carbon and hydrogen atoms. Alkanes are hydrocarbons. As the number of carbons increases in straight-chain alkanes, there is a steady gradation of properties which can be easily compared and predicted. The properties of branched alkanes vary considerably and are hard to predict because of other intervening forces that come into play. The boiling points of a few alkanes are given below:


Which of the following intermolecular forces are important with respect to alkanes?

A Hydrogen bonding
B Dipole-dipole electrostatic forces
C Ionic forces
D Van der Waals forces
Ans. D The question asks for the type of force that is important with respect to alkanes. Alkanes cannot undergo hydrogen bonding. So Choice A is out. Choice B is generally not important in alkanes. Since there are no ionic bonds in an alkane, Choice C is wrong. The correct choice is Van der Waals forces.

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