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2014-03-20T10:52:30+01:00
2,2 dimethyl propane is a compact, almost spherical molecule. Pentane is long and "floppier" so will experience more forces between molecules. The underlying, but slightly simplified, explanation of this is that intermolecular forces (often called van der Waal's forces) depend on attractions caused by quantum fluctuations in the surface electrons of the molecule. These lead to short lived dipole moments that can also induce dipole in neighbouring molecules to which the original dipole is attracted. The larger the surface area, the more opportunity for such dipoles to exist and therefore a stronger force.
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