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Crystals, monocrystals

  1. May 8, 2010 #1
    Can I say that monocrystals, polycrystals,crystalline ... are types of crystals? What is the difference between monocrystal and crystal? I don't see any difference in definition?! In statistical mechanics for example if you say crystal you don't mean crystalline.

    Thanks for your answer
     
  2. jcsd
  3. May 8, 2010 #2
    Hi,
    Crystalline: Some thing made of crystals.
    Monocrystal: One/single crystal.
    Polycrystals: more than one crystals.
     
  4. May 8, 2010 #3
    So for you monocrystal=1 crystal

    Why you don't say then just crystal!

    Look at my question

    Can I say that monocrystals, polycrystals,crystalline ... are types of crystals?
     
  5. May 8, 2010 #4
    monocrystals and polycrystals comes under the crystal. It is not nice to say types of crystals. May be some people get confused with crystal system/classes.
    You can say monocrystal as crystal. Saying monocrystal is more specific.
    Where you want to say ? Give some more information please.
    1 crystal mean= only one crystal (generally you cannot get 1 crystal).
    monocrystal is equivalent to = a material whose structure is crystalline and has only one crystal structure.
     
    Last edited: May 8, 2010
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