What is the difference between crystalline and amorphous solids?

1 Answer
Jul 27, 2015

A typical crystalline solid is held together by strong intermolecular forces (IMFs), and can usually be found as unit cells repeated in 3 dimensions (i.e. lattice structures).

An amorphous solid like glass or plastics has a less patterned structure, but is rigid nonetheless, and also has strong IMFs.

Because of those strong IMFs, many solids have rigid structures. By definition, rigid structure #-># fixed shape #-># fixed volume.

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