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Introduction to Crystal Structure: Bond Strength

Dexter Perkins
University of North Dakota
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  • This is an exercise to get students thinking about coordination number and bond strength
  • It is really an application of Pauling's Rules, mostly rule #2

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For use in an undergraduate mineralogy class.

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This is a group activity and is one of several activities that students do as they investigate the laws that govern atomic arrangement in crystal structures.


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