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Why are intermolecular HCl molecules among them not considered hydrogen bonds?

  1. Jul 4, 2009 #1
    A hydrogen bond is the attractive force between one electronegative atom and a hydrogen covalently bonded to another electronegative atom. Doesn't this apply to hydrochloric acid?
     
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  3. Jul 4, 2009 #2

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    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hydrogen_bond
    It results from a dipole-dipole force with a hydrogen atom bonded to nitrogen, oxygen or fluorine.

    Studying general chemistry? That statement was from wiki so basically, it's gotta involve one of those elements.
     
  4. Jul 4, 2009 #3
    Youd expect it to because Cl is pretty electronegative, but chlorine is also a very large molecule, so it basically cant get close enough to the hydrogens to cause any particularly strong dipole, and the hydrogen has a high charge density so it deformes the large Cl into a fairly covelant bond.
     
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