London Dispersion Forces (Van Der Waals Forces): Weak Intermolecular Forces


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What is a London dispersion force?

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1. London dispersion force is the only intermolecular force that works on _____.

2. In larger atoms, why can outer electrons move more freely?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combination will test your knowledge of van der Waals force. You will be assessed on the definition of London dispersion force (one of van der Waals forces), how it happens and the effect it has on substances.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you will be tested on the following:

  • The definition of London dispersion force
  • Which molecules London dispersion force works on
  • The effect temporary dipole has on a neutral molecule
  • What causes a dipole
  • The effect atom size increase has on van der Waals force

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet allow student to practice the following skills:

  • Defining Key Concepts- ensure that you can accurately define London dispersion force
  • Information Recall- use the knowledge you've gained regarding the cause of a dipole
  • Knowledge Application- use your knowledge to answer a question about the effect of atom size on van der Waals force
  • Reading Comprehension- ensure that you draw the most important information from the related van der Waals force lesson

Additional Learning

The lesson called London Dispersion Forces (Van Der Waals Forces): Weak Intermolecular Forces provides additional information on this concept. The following objectives are covered:

  • Understand London dispersion force
  • Know what van der Waals force is another name for
  • Know how a molecule becomes temporarily dipole
  • Familiarize yourself with the strength of van der Waals force
  • Understand the effect of van der Waals force on other substances