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6.1: Introduction

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  • Crystalline solids

    • The atoms, molecules or ions pack together in an ordered arrangement
    • Such solids typically have flat surfaces, with unique angles between faces and unique
    • 3-dimensional shape
    • Examples of crystalline solids include diamonds, and quartz crystals

    Amorphous solids

    • No ordered structure to the particles of the solid
    • No well defined faces, angles or shapes
    • Often are mixtures of molecules which do not stack together well, or large flexible molecules
    • Examples would include glass and rubber