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Chemistry & Chemical Reactivity

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John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074

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John C. Kotz + 3 others
ISBN: 9781337399074
Textbook Problem

What is surface tension? Give an example illustrating the phenomenon of surface tension. Explain why surface tension is the consequence of intermolecular forces.

Interpretation Introduction

Interpretation: The term surface tension has to be defined with an example. The reason why surface tension is the consequence of intermolecular forces has to be explained.

Concept Introduction:

Surface tension is the energy need for breaking through the surface or for disrupting a liquid drop and thus spreading it as a film

Surface tension arises as a result of intermolecular forces.

Explanation

Surface tension is the energy need for breaking through the surface or for disrupting a liquid drop and thus spreading it as a film

Example of surface tension is the walking of small insects such as the water strider on water. If water strider breaks through the surface, it will sink.

The water molecule in the interior is interact with each other by intermolecular forces from all the directions...

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