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What’s the Arrangement of the Atoms?

November 01, 2007

Author: Carlos Benitez Monllor, Jose Gonzalez, University of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez Materials Advantage Chapter

Publication history: Accepted from the Fall 2007 Materials Radio podcast contest (sponsored by the ASM K-12 Education Subcommittee)

Crystalline solids are those where the atoms are located in a repeating or periodic array. For example, if you were able to see this arrangement in a big scale, you will notice that this arrangement is similar to a bee's nest or more commonly known as a honeycomb. One the other hand, amorphous solids lack this regular arrangement.

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