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Old 24th January 2014, 05:33 PM   #1
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Default Why does glue stick?

Simple question,

Why does glue stick things together?

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Old 24th January 2014, 05:46 PM   #2
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perhaps Google would be a better person to ask.... ?

Hint: there are two modes: one is chemical and the other is mechanical.
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Old 24th January 2014, 05:48 PM   #3
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Because if it didn't, it wouldn't be glue.
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Old 24th January 2014, 05:59 PM   #4
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indeed, the great google reveals all:

The Straight Dope: How does glue work?
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Compounds.
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Old 24th January 2014, 07:29 PM   #6
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perhaps Google would be a better person to ask.... ?

Hint: there are two modes: one is chemical and the other is mechanical.
Where does van der waslls fall? Not really either.
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Old 24th January 2014, 07:33 PM   #7
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Van der Waals force is generally considered a form of chemical bonding.
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Old 24th January 2014, 08:19 PM   #8
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But van der Waals forces can be described in a physical picture.

Chemistry is just the physics of the valence electrons.
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Old 24th January 2014, 08:21 PM   #9
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Well, yes. Chemistry is just a branch of physics, philosophically speaking. And Van Der Waals forces are important in physical chemistry, so it all works out
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Old 24th January 2014, 08:25 PM   #10
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Well, yes. Chemistry is just a branch of physics, philosophically speaking.
Don't say that when a real chemist is listening. Or be prepared to find a taster for your food and drinks...
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