Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition)

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ISBN 10: 0321910419
ISBN 13: 978-0-32191-041-7

Chapter 12 - Solids and Modern Materials - Exercises - Page 521: 12.7


Therefore, a. would have the higher melting point.

Work Step by Step

a. appears to be more ordered than b, which appears branched and unordered. Ordered polymers are denser and have stronger intermolecular forces. Stronger IMFs indicate a higher melting point.
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