The Physics Of A Crystal
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July 11, 2016
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Crystal systems are described by their axis, which are imaginary lines that join the center of opposing faces of a crystal. For example, if a cubic crystal has three sets of opposing faces, it has three axes. They are all of equal length and are all at right angles to each other.
Cubic crystals are described as being isometric, but not all isometric crystals are plain cubes...
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If the corners of a cube are cut off, the result is a polyhedron with six octagonal faced and eight triangular ones.
Aside from the isometric system, there is also; a tetragonal, orthorhombic, monoclinic, triclinic and hexagonal system.
Crystals may form when a solution of a substance evaporates. Crystals may also form when a vapor or molten substance solidifies...
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