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Two forms of solid carbon, diamond and graphite, differ in their physical properties due to the differences in their (1) atomic numbers (2) crystal structures (3) isotopic abundances (4) percent compositions

Ronald Miller

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Dana Keller on March 7, 2019

Response; - Crystal structure of the Explanation; -the Diamond and graphite are allotropes of carbon, which differ in their physical properties. -In the graphite, the carbon atoms are covalently bound to the shape of the leaves or what we call hexagonal layers, and these sheets are held together by weak inter-molecular forces called vander waal forces. This causes the layers to slide over each other , a property that makes graphite soft and slippery. -On the Diamond, the carbon atoms are bonded by a strong covalent binding forming a tetrahedron shaped solid Diamond which makes it a very hard solid.

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