Tue October 18, 2011 By: Piyush Das

why most aromatic acids are solids but acetic acid and others are liquids?

Expert Reply
Sat November 12, 2011
There are two reasons for this:
1. Aromatic acids are stronger acids than the aliphatic acids. Since the benzene ring has -I effect, it causes stronger hydrogen bonds between molecules. This tend a close arrangement of molecules. So, the molecules are generally solid.
2. Aromatic acids are higher molecular weight compounds. Compounds with high molecular weight are solids.
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