Problem: Surface tension arises because a) The thermodynamic standard state conditions prevent the molecules at the top of the liquid from moving around easily so that they form a "skin" and a bug can walk on it b) Intermolecular forces are stronger at the surface of a liquid than in the bulk of the liquid. c) The suspension of a homogeneous mixture of molecules creates resistance to spreading out of the liquid, thereby increasing its surface area. d) A representation showing specific connections between atoms in a molecule is stronger at the surface from elementary thermodynamics. e) The dissociation of the substance, useful in interpreting colligative properties, is stronger at the surface of a liquid, which prevents the molecules from breaking down so that a bug can walk on it.

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Surface tension arises because

a) The thermodynamic standard state conditions prevent the molecules at the top of the liquid from moving around easily so that they form a "skin" and a bug can walk on it

b) Intermolecular forces are stronger at the surface of a liquid than in the bulk of the liquid.

c) The suspension of a homogeneous mixture of molecules creates resistance to spreading out of the liquid, thereby increasing its surface area.

d) A representation showing specific connections between atoms in a molecule is stronger at the surface from elementary thermodynamics.

e) The dissociation of the substance, useful in interpreting colligative properties, is stronger at the surface of a liquid, which prevents the molecules from breaking down so that a bug can walk on it.

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