Answer to Question #220484 in General Chemistry for Blue

Question #220484

Why are diamond and graphite physically different even though they have the same chemical composition?        


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2021-07-26T06:43:12-0400

The differing properties of carbon and diamond arise from their distinct crystal structures. In a diamond, the carbon atoms are arranged tetrahedrally.This accounts for diamond's hardness, extraordinary strength and durability and gives diamond a higher density than graphite.


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