To Find Radius of atom and Type of Crystal Lattice

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Example – 1:

  • A naturally occurring gold crystallises in face centred cubic structure and has a density of 19.3 g cm-3. Calculate the atomic radius of gold. (Au = 197 g mol-1)
  • Solution:
  • Given: Density of gold  = 19,3 g cm-3, Avogadro’s number N = 6.022 x 1023 mol-1.Atomic mass of gold = M = 197 g mol-1.Type of crystal structure = fcc
  • To Find: Atomic radius of gold =?

The number of atoms in the unit cell of a face centred cubic structure is n = 4

The atomic radius of gold is 144 pm

Example – 2:

  • Sodium metal crystallises in the bcc structure with an edge length of unit cell 4.29 x 10-8 cm. Calculate the atomic radius of sodium metal.
  • Solution:
  • Given: Edge length = a = 4.29  x 10-8 cm, Type of crystal structure = bcc
  • To Find: Atomic radius of sodium =?



The atomic radius of sodium is 186 pm

Example – 3:

  • Niobium crystallises in bcc structure and has a density of 8.55 g cm-3. Calculate its atomic radius, if its atomic mass is 93.
  • Solution:
  • Given: Density of niobium  = 8.55 g cm-3, Avogadro’s number N = 6.022 x 1023 mol-1.Atomic mass of niobium = M = 93 g mol-1.Type of crystal structure = bcc
  • To Find: Atomic radius of niobium =?

The number of atoms in the unit cell of body centred cubic structure is n = 2

Example – 4:

  • Sodium metal crystallises in the body centred cubic unit cell. If the distance between nearest Na atom is 368 pm, calculate the edge length of the unit cell.
  • Solution:
  • Given: distance between nearest Na atom is 368 pm,
  • To Find: Edge length of unit cell =?
  • The nearest atoms in bcc crystal structure are along the body diagonal of the cube and they are in contact with each other.

2r = 368 pm



∴ r = 184 pm

The edge length of the cell is 424.9 pm

Example – 5:

  • Copper crystallises in fcc structure. If two neighbouring Cu atoms are at a distance of 234 pm, find a) edge length, b) volume of a unit cell. Also, find the distance between next neighbouring atoms.
  • Solution:
  • Given: distance between nearest Cu atom is 234 pm,
  • The nearest atoms in fcc crystal structure are along the face diagonal of the cube and they are in contact with each other.

2r = 234 pm

∴  r = 117 pm



a = 331 x 10-10 m = 3.31 x 10-8 m

Volume of unit cell = a3 = (3.31 x 10-8 m)3

Volume of unit cell = (3.31) 3 x 10-24 m3  = 36.24 x 10-24 m3

  • The next neighbouring atom is along the edge of the cell. Thus the distance between next neighbouring atom is ‘a’ i.e. 331 pm

Example – 6:

  • A metal occurs as body centred cube and has density 7.856 g cm-3. Calculate the atomic radius of metal. Atomic mass of metal = 58 g/mol
  • Solution:
  • Given: Density of metal  = 7.856 g cm-3, Avogadro’s number N = 6.022 x 1023 mol-1.Atomic mass of metal = M = 58 g mol-1.Type of crystal structure = bcc
  • To Find: Atomic radius of metal = ?

The atomic radius is 125.7 pm



Example – 7:

  • An element germanium crystallises in the bcc type crystal structure with an edge of unit cell 288 pm and the density of the element is 7.2 g cm-3. Calculate the number atoms present in 52 g of the crystalline element. Also, calculate atomic mass of the element.
  • Solution:
  • Given: Density of germanium = 7.2 g cm-3, edge length = 288 pm = 288 x 10-12 m = 288 x 10-10 cm = 2.88 x 10-8 cm, Avogadro’s number N = 6.022 x 1023 mol-1. Given mass of germanium = 52 g, Type of crystal structure = bcc
  • To Find: the number atoms present in 52 g of the crystal = ?, atomic mass of the element = M = ?

The number of atoms in the unit cell of bcc structure is n = 2

For bcc there are 2 atoms in a unit cell

Number of atoms in given mass = 2 x 3.023 x 1029 = 6.046 x 1029



Example – 8:

  • An atom crystallises in fcc crystal lattice and has a density of 10 g cm-3 with unit cell edge length of 100 pm. Calculate the number atoms present in 1 g of the crystal.
  • Solution:
  • Given: Density = 10 g cm-3, edge length = 100 pm = 100 x 10-12 m = 100 x 10-10 cm = 10-8 cm, Avogadro’s number N = 6.022 x 1023 mol-1. Given mass of crystal = 1 g, Type of crystal structure = fcc
  • To Find: the number atoms present in 1 g of the crystal

The number of atoms in the unit cell of fcc structure is n = 4

For fcc there are 4 atoms in a unit cell



Number of atoms in given mass = 4 x 1023

Example – 9:

  • Aluminium having atomic mass 27 g mol-1, crystallises in face centred cubic structure. Find the number of aluminium atom in 10 g of it. Also, find number of unit cells in the given quantity.
  • Solution:
  • Given: Atomic mass = 27 g mol-1, Avogadro’s number N = 6.022 x 1023 mol-1. Given mass = 10 g, Type of crystal structure = fcc
  • To Find: the number of aluminium atom in 10 g = ? Number of unit cells = ?

Mass of each atom = Atomic mass / Avogadro’s number

Mass of each atom = 27 g mol-1/ 6.022 x 1023 mol-1 = 4.483 x 10-23 g

The number of atoms in unit cell of fcc structure is n = 4

Hence mass of unit cell = 4 x 4.483 x 10-23 g = 1.793 x 10-22 g

Number of unit cells = Given mass/ mass of unit cell = 10 g/ 1.793 x 10-22 g = 5.58 x 1022



Number of aluminium atom = 4 x number of unit cell

Number of aluminium atom = 4 x 5.58 x 1022 = 2.23 x 1023

Number of aluminium atoms = 2.23 x 1023 and number of unit cells = 5.58 x 1022

 



Example – 10:

  • A unit cell of iron crystal has edge length 288 pm and density 7.86 g cm-3. Find the number of atoms per unit cell and type of crystal lattice. Given the molar mass of iron 56 g/mol.
  • Solution:
  • Given: Density = 7.86 g cm-3, edge length = 288 pm = 288 x 10-12 m = 288 x 10-10 cm = 2.88 x 10-8 cm, Avogadro’s number N = 6.022 x 1023 mol-1. Molecular mass of iron = M = 56 g mol-1,
  • To Find: the number of atoms per unit cell and type of crystal lattice

Number of atoms per unit cell = 2,

Now body centred cubic structure has 2 atoms in the unit cell. Hence the crystal structure must be bcc

Example – 11:

  • The edge length of a unit cell of a cubic crystal is 4.3 A°, having atomic mass 89 g/mol. If the density of crystal is 9.02 g cm-3, find the number of atoms in a unit cell.
  • Solution:
  • Given: Density = 9.02 g cm-3, edge length = 4.3 A0 = 4.3 x 10-10 m = 4.3 x 10-8 cm, Avogadro’s number N = 6.022 x 1023 mol-1. Molecular mass = M = 89 g mol-1,
  • To Find: the number of atoms in a unit cell.

Number of atoms per unit cell = 5

Example – 12:

  • The density of silver having atomic mass 107.8 g /mol is 10.7 g cm-3. If edge length of a cubic unit cell is 405 pm, find the number of silver atoms in a unit cell and predict its type.
  • Solution:
  • Given: Density = 10.7  g cm-3, edge length = 405 pm = 405 x 10-12 m = 405 x 10-10 cm = 4.05 x 10-8 cm, Avogadro’s number N = 6.022 x 1023 mol-1. Molecular mass = M = 107.8 g mol-1,
  • To Find: the number of silver atoms in a unit cell and predict its type.

Unit Cell



The number of atoms per unit cell = 4,

Now face centred cubic structure has 4 atoms in the unit cell. Hence the crystal structure must be fcc

Example – 13:

  • A crystalline solid is made up of two elements ‘A’ and ‘B’. Atoms of A are present at the corners and atoms of B are present at face centres. One atom of A is missing from the corner. Find the simplest formula of the solid.
  • Solution:

Atoms of A are present at 7 corners

Hence the number of atoms of A  in the lattice = 7 x 1/8 = 7/8

Atoms of B are present at 6 face centres

Hence the number of atoms of B in the lattice = 6 x 1/2 = 3

Thus the ratio of atoms of A to atoms of B in crystal = 7/8 : 3 = 7 : 24

Hence the simplest formula of the solid is A7B24

Example – 14:

  • A solid has a structure in which ‘W’ atoms are located at the corners of the cube, ‘O’ atoms are at the centre of the edges and Na atoms at the centre of the cube. Find the formula of the compound.
  • Solution:

Atoms of W are present at 8 corners

Hence the number of atoms of W  in the lattice = 8 x 1/8 = 1

Atoms of O are present at 12 edge centres

Hence the number of atoms of O in the lattice = 12 x 1/4 = 3

Atoms of Na are present at the centre

Hence the number of atoms of Na in the lattice = 1

Thus the ratio of atoms of W to atoms of O to atoms of Na in crystal = 1:3:1

Hence the simplest formula of the solid is WO3Na  i.e. NaWO3

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