Solid/liquid Fats at ambient temperatures

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Homework Statement


a.) What are oils and fats that are solid at ambient temperatures?
b.) What are oils and fats that are liquid at ambient temperatures?

The Attempt at a Solution



The questions give alternatives
1. fatty oil
2. ether
3. margarine
4. soap
5. fat

I am not sure about the answers.
I would guess
A.) soap
B.) fatty oil
 

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What determines if a oil/fat is solid or liquid? What is your reason for your "guess?" We can't help you until you show your work, not just guesses.

Though, "ambient temperature" is a poor wording choice...that just means basically the temperature of the air around you, which could be anything from -40 C to +50 C (or more extreme) depending on where you live and what time of year it is. I assume the question means room temperature of about 23-25 C.
 
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What determines if a oil/fat is solid or liquid? What is your reason for your "guess?" We can't help you until you show your work, not just guesses.

Though, "ambient temperature" is a poor wording choice...that just means basically the temperature of the air around you, which could be anything from -40 C to +50 C (or more extreme) depending on where you live and what time of year it is. I assume the question means room temperature of about 23-25 C.

I know that soap is solid in room temperature, while fatty oil like oil for food is liquid in room temperature.

These are the reasons for my answers.
 

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