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Offline skittlez

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Which fatty acid would have a lower melting point?
« on: February 22, 2022, 12:42:57 PM »
Which fatty acid would have a lower melting point, one with a cis alkene between carbons 9 and 10 or one with a cis alkene between carbons 13 and 14? Both have 16 carbons total. Please explain.

I believe both would have the same melting point.. but I don't quite know how to explain it.

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Re: Which fatty acid would have a lower melting point?
« Reply #1 on: February 22, 2022, 04:17:22 PM »
I suggest writing something down that focuses on intermolecular forces.  A good place to start might be to compare either compound to a 16-carbon fatty acid that is completely saturated.

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