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    7.A. Dimethyl ether boils at 24 degrees Celsius whereas its isomer, ethanol boils at 78 degrees Celsius. Explain this fact.
    B. Make a sketch showing how dimethyl ether is able to solvate a cation such as K+.
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    C. Draw the structure of dimethyl ether, showing the 3-D shape at the oxygen. Include any non-bonding pairs. What is the hybridization at the central oxygen?

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    7a) The reason why alcohols boil at such a higher temperature is that they have the ability to hydrogen bond, which is a stronger intermolecular force.

    b) Although I cannot sketch on this brainmass, I will describe how the solvation takes place.

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