Difference between cohesion and intermolecular force.

Asked by ravikiran | 13th Jun, 2009, 09:10: PM

Expert Answer:

Intermolecular force is a more general term. Iintermolecular forces are forces that act between stable molecules or between functional groups of macromolecules.

 

Cohesion is a physical property of a substance, caused by the intermolecular attraction between like-molecules within a body or substance that acts to unite them. Water, for example, is strongly cohesive as each molecule may make four hydrogen bonds to other water molecules in a tetrahedral configuration.

Answered by  | 14th Jun, 2009, 03:23: PM

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