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How does the molecule arrangement of camphor (covalent) compare to that of Salt...
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Camphor has a the chemical formula C10H16O. It is an organic molecule in a family called terpenoids. It is composed entirely of covalent bonds. It is mostly a compact hydrocarbon with a single carbonyl group. At room temperature it is a soft, waxy solid with a low melting point. Salt is sodium chloride (NaCl). It is an ionic solid with no covalent bonds. It consists only of the cation Na+ and the anion Cl-. It is a white solid with an extremely high melting point. If you heated both chemicals, the camphor would melt into an oily liquid with very little heat. Salt would remain a white solid for a very long time until over 1000 degrees C at which time it would melt into a molten liquid.
Posted by ncchemist on March 20, 2013 at 2:52 AM (Answer #1)
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