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Which of the following compounds would be expected to form intermolecular hydrogen bonds in the liquid state? (Select all that apply.)

HCO2H
CH3OCH3 (dimethyl ether)
CH3CO2H (acetic acid)
CH3OH (methanol)

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    CH3OH will. The oxygen is highly electronegative and it can be attracted to the H atom of another molecule and that forms a H bond. Look for H bonding in atoms with OH, NH, HF (FH) bonds. The O in CH3OCH3 does not form a H bond with another molecule because the H atom doesn't have the net positive charge it does in HF, NH3, and H2O. Others in your post will, also.

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