Spinel is a mineral that contains 37.9% Al, 17.1% Mg, and 45.0% O by mass, and has a density of 3.57g cm-3 . The unit cell is cubic with an edge length of 809 pm (This is a lot bigger than question #2 and #4 for a reason. Think about this after you have calculated an answer). How many atoms of each type are in the unit cell?
The edge length of unit cell
The volume of unit cell
Density of unit cell is 3.57 g/cm3
Mass of unit cell
The percent composition is 37.9 % Al, 17.1 % Mg and 45.0 % O.
Mass of Al in the unit cell
Mass of Mg in the unit cell
Mass of O in the unit cell
The atomic masses of Al, Mg and O are 27 g/mol, 243 g/mol and 16 g/mol respectiely.
Number of Al atoms in unit cell
Number of Mg atoms in unit cell
Number of O atoms in unit cell
This is a lot bigger than question #2 and #4. This is because one unit cell of edge length 809 pm contains several small unit cells having smaller edge length.
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