In which solvent does hydrogen-bonding operate most strongly? #"A. ethyl alcohol; B. methyl alcohol; C. diethyl ether; D. tetrahydrofuran?"#
Hydrogen bonding occurs when hydrogen is bound to a strongly ELECTRONEGATIVE element, i.e. nitrogen, fluorine, or oxygen. If you look at the simple hydrides of these elements,
And now compare the boiling point of methyl alcohol,
In solution the individual methanol dipoles interact, and in aggregate this constitutes a potent intermolecular force....