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10: Network Solids

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    • 10.1: A Network Solid - Diamond
      Some materials don't fall into any of the categories that we have seen so far. They are not metals, so they can't be described as lattices of identical ions surrounded by delocalized electrons. They are not ionic solids, so they can't be thought of as arrays of one type of ion with the counterions packed into the interstitial holes to balance the charge. They are not molecules, so we wouldn't draw them as discrete, self-contained collections of connected atoms. Diamond, for example, is a networ
    • 10.2: Other Forms of Carbon
      Diamond is just one form in which elemental carbon can be found. Other forms include graphite, lonsdaleite and fullerenes.
    • 10.3: Silicates and Silica
      About 90% of the earth's crust is composed of silicate minerals. Silicates are compounds composed of silicon and oxygen; these compounds have negative charges on them. That means there are positive counterions found together with these anions. The variety of possible cations, ranging from sodium and potassium to copper and iron, is one of the factors that leads to a dazzling array of silicate minerals.
    • 10.4: Aluminosilicates
      Aluminosilicates are compounds containing oxides of both silicon and aluminum. These compounds are quite common in the earth's crust, so it is worth taking a look at a few examples. Two of the most prevalent types are phyllosilicates, with extended layered structures, and tectosilicates, with structures that extend through a three dimensional network of covalent bonds.
    • 10.5: Solutions to Selected Problems

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