Chemistry Question #1462
Base, a 25 year old male from Ontario asks on June 5, 2003,
Why is vegetable oil viscous?
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answered on July 1, 2003
The typical vegetable oil molecule is large enough to be a solid, however because of the three long arms, which get twisted around, it is difficult to make a nice crystal lattice. So vegetable oil acts like a solid that has partly melted, and is viscous because the molecules can't move around each other easily like a small molecule can.
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