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Liquid Chlorine-Inter and Intra Molecular Forces

  1. Jan 24, 2009 #1
    This is the question I was given:

    "Describe the bonding within and between the molecules in liquid chlorine."

    I suppose the obvious problem is, I have no idea what the answer is.
    Any help will be appreciated! :D
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  3. Jan 25, 2009 #2
    What sort of class is it? What kinds of bonds and forces have you studied?

    The reason I ask is because the question is incredibly general. The answer could be general chemistry forces, statistical chemistry type forces, or quantum type forces. Molecular dynamics also comes to mind. So...more details?
  4. Jan 26, 2009 #3
    Higher level (IB) chemistry... That was pretty much the whole question, though. It is for an exam review, and there are no further details besides that one line.
  5. Jan 26, 2009 #4
    Then it probably just wants you to understand hose Chlorine atoms bind together in a liquid (what sort of bond is this?) and how the molecules interact with each other (I believe these are called Van der Waals forces). There may be some other special interactions (such as hydrogen bonding in water), but I think for chlorine it's pretty simple.
  6. Jan 26, 2009 #5
    i think the basic three types are hydrogen bonding (F,O,or N bonded to H), dipole-dipole attractions (polar molecules), and london dispersion forces (ALL attractions contain this no matter what)
    the only one i think that liquid chlorine would have is the london
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