Stone, Anthony J. Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge, University Chemical Laboratory, Cambridge, United Kingdom.
- Attractive and repulsive forces
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Attractive or repulsive interactions that occur between all atoms and molecules. Intermolecular forces become significant at molecular separations of about 1 nanometer or less, but are much weaker than the forces associated with chemical bonding. They are important, however, because they are responsible for many of the physical properties of solids, liquids, and gases. These forces are also largely responsible for the three-dimensional arrangements of biological molecules and polymers.
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