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By what mechanism does thermal energy alter the state of matter of a substance?

By what mechanism does thermal energy alter the state of matter of a substance?

a) The higher the thermal energy, the more likely the molecules in the substance experience intermolecular forces. The more intermolecular forces, the more likely the substance is to be a solid.

b) A lower amount of thermal energy in the system causes weaker intermolecular forces, making the substance more likely to be a solid instead of a liquid or a gas.

c) The larger the thermal energy, the weaker the intermolecular forces, and the more likely the substance is to be a liquid or a gas instead of a solid.

d) Higher thermal energy relative to the strength of the intermolecular forces makes a substance more likely to be a gas.

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Molecular forces dont change. The thermal energy breaks the bonds. D is the only possible