Chemistry: The Central Science (13th Edition)

Published by Prentice Hall
ISBN 10: 0321910419
ISBN 13: 978-0-32191-041-7

Chapter 12 - Solids and Modern Materials - Exercises - Page 522: 12.9


b. The molecules in molecular solids are held together by weak intermolecular interactions.

Work Step by Step

Molecular solids are held together by relatively weak intermolecular forces (dispersion forces, dipole-dipole forces, hydrogen bonding) and as a result they are easier to break apart than covalent-network solids. They also therefore have a lower melting point and are softer.
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