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can someone please explain the difference between 'electrostatic forces' and 'inter-molecular forces'
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can someone please explain the difference between 'electrostatic forces' and 'inter-molecular forces'
So, Intermolecular forces are weak attractions between molecules, for example the forces that exist between water molecules (h=Hydrogen bonding, a type of intermolecular force). Whereas electrostatic forces OF ATTRACTION are the attractions between oppositely charged particles like Na+ and Cl- in salt/ Sodium chloride
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can someone please explain the difference between 'electrostatic forces' and 'inter-molecular forces'
Electrostatic forces are between positively charges and negative charges, these forces are really strong. Intermolecular forces are between the molecules themselves. They're weak and can easily be heated to separate. The bigger the atom and more complex this molecule gets, the harder it will be to separate it.

Look at covalent bonding, the electrostatic forces are between the Cl2 molecule. They share electrons and the negatively charged, shared electrons are attracted to the positively charged nucleus, so the bond is strong. The intermolecular forces are the forces between these Cl2 molecules, Cl2 is a simple covalent bond so the intermolecular forces can easily be overcome by little heat to separate them.
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Can someone explain electrolysis I beg
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