Molecules and gravity

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Abstract

We discuss the influence of gravitational forces on bulk molecular properties and intermolecular interactions. We show that the Earth's gravitational field influences molecules to a much greater extent then the traditional intermolecular forces (ionic, ion-dipole, dipole-dipole and dipole-induced dipole). Nonetheless, the influence of gravitation on bulk properties e.g. boiling point elevation is negligible due to the cancellation effect which is due to the Earth's size and flatness of gravitational potential in the vicinity of Earth surface.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-2
Number of pages2
JournalChemical Educator
Volume15
Issue number2010
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2010

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