Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction

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Chapter 3 - The Structure of Crystalline Solids - Questions and Problems - Page 98: 3.18a


n= 4.0 atoms/unit cell

Work Step by Step

Given: Indium has tetragonal unit cell with a= 0.459 and c= 0.495 nm. The APF is 0.693 and atomic radius is 0.1625 nm Required: number of atoms in each unit cell Solution: $APF = \frac{V_{s}}{V_{c}} = \frac{(n) (\frac{4}{3}πR^{3})}{a^{2}c}$ Solving for n and incorporating the given values, $n = \frac{(APF)(a^{2}c)}{(\frac{4}{3}πR^{3})} = \frac{(0.693)((4.59 \times 10^{-8} cm)^{2}(4.95 \times 10^{-8} cm))}{(\frac{4}{3}π(1.625 \times 10^{-8} cm)^{3})} = 4.0 atoms/unit cell $
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