Department of Pre-University Education, KarnatakaPUC Karnataka Science Class 12
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Give Reasons for the Following : Boiling Point of Ethanol is Higher in Comparison to Methoxymethane. - Chemistry

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Give reasons for the following : Boiling point of ethanol is higher in comparison to methoxymethane.

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Solution

Ethanol forms intermolecular hydrogen bonds due to the presence of hydrogen attached to the electronegative oxygen atom. As a result, ethanol exists as associated molecules while methoxymethane does not. Hence, the boiling point of ethanol is higher than that of methoxymethane.

Concept: Physical and Chemical Properties of Alcohols and Phenols
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