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what type of intermolecular bonding would be expected between molecules of carbon monoxide and why?

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  1. Carbon monoxide is a dipole with the carbon end being positive and the oxygen end being negative (You can tell which end is which by looking up the electronegativity values for C and O). Therefore, one would expect these dipoles to attract one another. We call that dipole-dipole bonding although these are not as strong as regular chemical bonds.

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  2. so when you look up the electronegativity values, the lower value is the positive end and the higher value is the negative end?

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  3. right. That is how you determine the polarity of a molecule (and whether a molecule is polar or not). Polar covalent bonds fit into the same discussion.

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