This is the third of a series of papers describing a complete new theory of the liquid state. The two previous publications have outlined the new theoretical structure and have established the mathematical relationship between volume and temperature. We now continue the volume study by examining the relation of this property to chemical composition and molecular structure.
From the fundamental postulates on which this entire work is based it follows directly that volume exists only in discrete units. In the book previously published the factors affecting the size of these units were examined and it was shown that the unit in the solid state is relatively small in comparison with the cube of the inter-atomic distance so that the succession of possible values of the specific volume under the-temperature and pressure conditions normally prevailing during our observations is essentially continuous.3 The unit of volume applicable to the liquid and gaseous states, on the other hand is of the same general order of magnitude as the cube of the inter-atomic distance. At the initial point of the liquid state, which coincides with the end point of the solid state, the solid and liquid volumes would be expected to be identical, aside from minor variations due to differences in the geometric packing, just as the liquid volume at the critical temperature is identical with the vapor volume. Because of the relatively large size of the liquid unit, however, the liquid volume includes an increment D, which is necessary to bring the solid volume up to the next complete liquid unit. We may therefore express the initial liquid volumes, V0, as
V0 = Vs + D
Since the range of values of the inter-atomic distance is relatively narrow the number of units of volume occupied by each independent volumetric group in the liquid is also restricted to a narrow range of values. For reasons which Win be discussed in a subsequent publication it will be convenient to designate the smallest liquid volume as a half unit rather than a full unit and on this basis the initial liquid volumes corresponding to the different solid-state inter-atomic ½ unit to 2½ units. The great majority of the structural distances range from 2 groups and independent atoms which enter into the composition of the substances that are liquid under the temperature and pressure conditions normally prevailing on the surface of the earth occupy one volumetric unit each. For present purposes there is no need to distinguish between n one-unit groups of this kind and a single group occupying n units, and when the number of volumetric group's corresponding to any particular structural complex is identified in the subsequent discussion it should be understood that any multi-unit group which may be included is being treated as if it were an equivalent number of one-unit groups.
With this understanding as to the meaning of the term "volumetric group" we may now observe that the volume of a liquid, aside from a small correction factor due to the geometric orientation in the solid state dimensions which will be discussed shortly, is determined entirely by the number of volumetric groups which it contains, irrespective of the chemical composition of those groups, just as the volume of a gas is determined by the number of molecules irrespective of their composition. Replacing the heavy atoms in metal-organic compounds can produce same very striking illustrations of this fact by light organic groups. For instance, if we replace the one-unit metallic atom in diethyl mercury by the one unit CO group, producing diethyl ketone, we do not change the molecular volume in the least even though we have taken out two hundred units of mass and put back only twenty-eight. Similarly diethyl amine (molecular weight 73.14) has practically the same molecular volume as diethyl cadmium (molecular weight 170.53) and so on,
Because of the flexibility introduced by the freedom of movement in one dimension the liquid groups are able to arrange themselves in the closest possible geometric pattern and the geometric space occupied by these groups is therefore reduced by the factor .707 which expresses the effect of the close-packed arrangement. A further reduction in the size of the volumetric unit itself is possible where-conditions are such that close-packing can also be achieved In the one dimension that retains the solid-state characteristics throughout the liquid temperature range. Where this geometric arrangement prevails the size of the volumetric unit is reduced by the cube root of .707, or .891, but since this arrangement is a property of the individual liquid group rather than of the molecule as a-whole the average value applicable to the molecule varies with the composition. Representing this average value by its and the number of liquid groups by n, we have the relation
V0 = .707 nks natural units of volume
In order to convert equation 5 to conventional units so that comparisons can be made between theoretical and observed volumes it is necessary to multiply the expression .707 nks by the cgs value of the natural unit of liquid volume. It will also be convenient to deal With the specific volume rather than the molecular volume and for this purpose we divide by the cgs value of the natural unit of mass, Applying the previously published values of these conversion factors, 4 equation 5 becomes
V0 = 10.5326 nks/m cm3/g
Where the inter-atomic bonds are all alike the value of n can be calculated from the solid-state interatomic distance. In complex substances a purely theoretical calculation of this kind encounters some difficulties which have not been resolved as yet, but for the most part the values applicable to the organic structural groups can be recognized without calculation. Each of the common interior groups such as CH2, CH, and CO. constitutes one volumetric unit. Each CH3 substitution (addition of CH2) adds one unit. Thus there are two volumetric units in CHCH3, three in C(CH3)2, and so on. The CH3 groups in the end positions of the aliphatic chains occupy two units each. The corresponding CH group in the olefins and alkadienes acts as 1½ units and the lone carbon atom in the acetylenes is a single unit. Similar values can be assigned to each of the elements and structural groups, which are capable of replacing hydrogen in the compounds of the organic division.
Since the inter-atomic bonds have directional characteristics the strength of these bonds can-be altered by changes in orientation within the molecule and in some cases variations of this kind alter the number of effective volumetric groups. The acid radical CO·OH, for example, can act either as a combination of independent CO and OH groups, each occupying one volumetric unit, or as a more strongly bound COOH structure occupying 1½ volumetric units. Close associations of this kind are quite common in simple molecules composed of no more than two or three structural groups.
Inasmuch as the motion in each of the liquid dimensions is independent of that in the other two, it is possible for differences of this kind to exist between the separate dimensions of motion in the same molecule as well as between molecules, and some of the common organic families-the normal alcohols and the aliphatic acids, for example-follow such a pattern. More commonly the value of n remains constant and to simplify this initial presentation the tabular comparisons with experimental values will be limited to liquids of this type.
Dimensional differences in the value of the solid-state structural factor ks are normal. The initial dimension has considerable latitude for variation because of the close relationship to the solid state. Each volumetric group must conform to one of the two possible its values, .891 or 1.00, but in a multi-group molecule the number of groups taking each value may vary all the way form one extreme to the other. The same considerations apply to the second-dimension except that the greater freedom of movement in this dimension tends to favor the close-packed arrangement and the value of its is generally lower than in the initial dimension. The minimum value .891 is very common in the case of the larger molecules. No method has been developed thus far for calculating the average factor in these two dimensions on a purely theoretical basis and for the present it will be necessary to obtain it from the series relationships in the third dimension there are no solid-state characteristics remaining and there is no solid-state geometric effect. The ks value in this dimension is therefore 1.00 in all cases.
Table III - 1 illustrates the nature of the progression of its factors that takes place in a homologous series of compounds and shows how the individual values of this factor can be derived from the series pattern. In this series the chlorine molecule occupies 1½ volumetric units. The hydrocarbon groups take their normal values: two units for CH3 and one unit for CH2. Lethal chloride thus occupies 3½ volumetric units and each added CH group increases the volume by one unit. Applying these values of n to equation 6 with ks equal to 1.00 we arrive at the normal initial volume, V0. Since ks is always unity in the third dimension this value of V0 also represents the initial V3 volume and the latter quantity is not shown I of the separately in the tabulations. As indicated in the column headed ns, 1½ of the 3½ volumetric units in methyl chloride have the .891 factor in the first dimension, but in the higher compounds of the series all groups take the full 1.00 factors. The second dimension factor is .891 in all-volumetric units of the first three members of the series. The next two added CH2 groups take the 1.00 factor, after which all further additions revert to .891. By applying these its factors to the corresponding values of V0 we obtain the V1 and V2 initial volumes shown in the table. With these values available we may then calculate the liquid volume at any specified temperature by the methods outlined in the preceding papers.
Table III - 2 presents a comparison of calculated and experimental volumes for a number of common organic families. In order to enable including a large number and variety of compounds the comparisons have been limited to a single temperature in each case and to further simplify the presentation this temperature has been selected from the range in which no solid-state adjustment is necessary. In a long series it is, of course, necessary to increase the reference temperature as the molecules became larger and the melting points move upward. As indicated in the preceding discussion only three items are needed for a complete definition of the volume pattern of a compound of the type under consideration: the effective number of volumetric groups, n, and the value of ns, the number of volumetric groups with the solid-state close packing, separately for the first and second dimensions. The two columns headed n and ns therefore furnish all of the basic information that is necessary for the calculation of the theoretical volumes of column 4.
(Combined list for the first three papers)
- Larson D. B., The Structure of the Physical Universe, published by the author, 755 N. E. Royal Court. Portland 121, Oregon., 1959.
- Ibid., Page 40.
- Ibid., Appendix A.
- Ibid., Page 30.
- For a discussion-of this point see Hildebrand and Scott, The Solubility of Non-Electrolytes, 3rd Edition., Reinhold., Now York, 1959.
- Pfizer, K. S., Journal of the American Chemical Society. 77-3427.
- The experimental values in the tables have been taken from Timmermans' "Physico-chemical Constants of Pure Organic Compounds" or from the publications of the American Petroleum Institute Research Project 44 if available from one of those sources. Most of the other values are either from the International Critical Tables or from the extensive work of Vogel and collaborators published in the Journal of the Chemical Society.
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|INITIAL VOLUMES - ALKYL CHLORIDES|
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