Download the structure for interactive viewingChoose one of the options below, based on which program you want to view the structure with.
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Download the quartz structure as Alpha Quartz ( 16kB Jun8 07) and use CrystalMaker for viewing.
Open the Crystal Structures Library on the CrystalMaker disc, and click on Minerals > Silicates > Tectosilicates > Silica Polymorphs > Quartz (alpha)@298K.
Click on the QUARTZ file in the XtalDraw folder.
- What is the coordination number of Si?
- Compare the structures of diamond and quartz. Are there similarities?
- Describe how the Si tetrahedra are joined in this structure.