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Overview of The Physical Properties of Organic Compounds

In addition to reactivity, the physical properties of an organic substance, such as melting point, boiling
point and solubility, are amont its most important traits. The physical properties of an organic substance
can often be predicted from its structure. In most cases, a substance's molecular weight and the
functional groups are sufficient information to allow for a good estimate of the melting point, boiling
point, and solubility to be estimated. Comparing molecules of similar size, the greater the strength of
intermolecular force, the more equilibrium will favor the condensed phase at a given pressure and

The viscosity of a fluid is a measure of its resistance to gradual deformation by shear stress or tensile
stress. For liquids, it corresponds to the informal notion of "thickness". For example, honey has a much
higher viscosity than water.[1]

Volatility is found by calculating the annualized standard deviation of daily change in price. If the price of
a stock moves up and down rapidly over short time periods, it has high volatility. If the price almost
never changes, it has low volatility.

Flammability is how easily something will burn or ignite, causing fire or combustion. The degree of
difficulty required to cause the combustion of a substance is quantified through fire testing.
Internationally, a variety of test protocols exist to quantify flammability.

An odor or odour or fragrance is caused by one or more volatilized chemical compounds, generally at a
very low concentration, that humans or other animals perceive by the sense of olfaction. Odors are also
commonly called scents, which can refer to both pleasant and unpleasant odors. The terms fragrance
and aroma are used primarily by the food and cosmetic industry to describe a pleasant odor, and are
sometimes used to refer to perfumes. In contrast, malodor, stench, reek, and stink are used specifically
to describe unpleasant odor. sometimes the term funk can be used to describe unpleasant odor.