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Carboxylic Acids

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Which of the following has the highest boiling point?

A Pentanoic acid
B Pentanol
C Pentane
D Pentanone
Ans. A Alkanes and ketones have lower boiling points compared to carboxylic acids and alcohols. This aspect rules out Choices C and D. Comparing Choices A and B, we can say that carboxylic acid is a better choice since it can undergo extensive hydrogen bonding. In essence, carboxylic acids have higher boiling points than comparable alcohols.

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