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organic chemistry – Why do cyclic hydrocarbons have higher boiling points than their acyclic isomers?

The Question : 24 people think this question is useful As pointed out in the comments to this question, cyclic hydrocarbons have higher boiling points than their acyclic isomers. The major attractive force for hydrocarbons should be the London forces, which scale with surface area. My intuition has me thinking the cyclic molecules have less