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What you should be able to do

Make sure you thoroughly understand the following essential ideas which have been presented above.

The difference between square and hexagonal packing in two dimensions.

The definition and significance of the unit cell.

Sketch the three Bravais lattices of the cubic system, and calculate the number of atoms contained in each of these unit cells.

Show how alternative ways of stacking three close-packed layers can lead to the hexagonal or cubic close packed structures.

Explain the origin and significance of octahedral and tetrahedral holes in stacked close-packed layers, and show how they can arise.

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BIG halite (NaCl) crystals in the salt mine [Merkers] fluorite (CaF2) [R. Weller] The colors are due to impurities sphalerite (ZnS) [theImage]

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Cubic crystal lattices and close-packing

The origins of long-range order in solids

Above: MgO has the same structure as NaCl. [source]

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Close-packing of identical spheres

Crystal lattices

Cubic lattices

Close-packed lattices in three dimensions

o The two close-packed lattice types

o Hexagonal close-packing

o Cubic close-packing

Interstitial void spaces

o Tetrahedral holes

o Octahedral holes

Some common face-centered cubic structures

o The rock-salt structure

o The zinc-blende structure

o The fluorite structure

Simple- and body-centered cubic structures

o The cesium chloride structure

What you should be able to do

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When substances form solids, they tend to pack together to form ordered arrays of atoms, ions, or molecules that we call crystals. Why does this order arise, and what kinds of arrangements are possible?

These are some of the questions we will explore in this lesson.

We will limit our discussion to cubic crystals, which form the simplest and most symmetric of all the lattice types. Cubic lattices are also very common they are formed by many metallic crystals, and also by most of the alkali halides, several of which we will study as examples.



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