MacRoscopic Properties: The World We See

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Why do some substances smell stronger than others?

There are a couple of reasons that a substance might smell “stronger” than another. The first is volatility, or vapor pressure, of the molecule you smell. Simply, if there is more of it, it smells stronger. Additionally, some molecules interact more strongly with the receptors in your nose than others, which results in a stronger smell sensation.


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