Wyatt S.

asked • 04/28/14

Why does boiling point increase start to diminish when alkanes get larger?

When dealing with unbranched alkanes, the general trend is for boiling points to increase as CH2 groups are added. However, the boiling point increase between smaller alkanes, such as from Methane to Ethane, is greater than the boiling point increase between bigger alkanes, such as from Nonane to Decane. Why does this happen?

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Brendon H. answered • 04/29/14

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David L. answered • 04/28/14

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