Crystal Lattices

Crystal Lattices - Figure An ionic crystal lattice As you...

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Crystal Lattices Ionic compounds do not usually exist as isolated molecules, such as LiCl, but as a part of a crystal lattice--a three dimensional regular array of cations and anions. Ionic compounds form lattices due to the contributing coulombic attractions of having each cation surrounded by several anions and each anion surrounded by several anions. An example of a crystal lattice is shown in :
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Unformatted text preview: Figure %: An ionic crystal lattice As you can see in the above figure, each lithium ion is surrounded by six chlorine atoms and vice versa. By virtue of the arrangement of the ions in the lattice, the lattice is lower in energy than it would be if the ions were separated into isolated LiCl molecules....
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