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Jan 23, 2017

Physically, we do that often with X-ray crystallography.


Chemically, we may already have that information, but that information is usually determined by examination of similar chemical bonds by crystallography as well.

With crystallography we take a picture of the molecules and measure the distance between atoms. That tells us the relative position of the atoms, although the strength of a bond is not always proportional to its distance between atoms.

Bond strengths are measured by other experiments that measure the energy required to break a particular atomic bond.