# How do we compare the degree of intermolecular force that operates in ethanol, to that which operates in glycerol, "HOH"_2"CCH(OH)CH"_2"OH"?

Compare the boiling point of ethyl alcohol, ${H}_{3} C - C {H}_{2} O H$, ${\text{b.p" = 78 }}^{\circ} C$ to that of glycerol, ${\text{b.p" = 290 }}^{\circ} C$. Glycerol also has a much higher melting point (which I've forgotten!), and is much more syrupy and viscous.