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What effect does branching of an alkane chain has on its boiling point?

13.15     What effect does branching of an alkane chain has on its boiling point?

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On an increase in the branching of the alkane, the boiling point of the alkane is decreased. Alkane experience inter-molecular van der Waals forces. The strong is the force, strong will be the boiling point. When we increase the branching, the surface area of the molecule decreases, as a result, of the van der Waals force also decreases.

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