Why does hydrochloric acid have a higher boiling point than diatomic fluorine?
Well, consider the intermolecular forces that operate within each substance......
Hydrogen chloride, is a room temperature gas. Its normal boiling point is
Why the disparity in boiling point? Well hydrogen chloride is a larger, more diffuse, molecule, that has more opportunity for a dispersion forces. However, the principle intermolecular force that operates between hydrogen chloride molecules is hydrogen bonding; i.e.