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Homework Help: Direction Vector for Lattices

  1. Sep 7, 2008 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    For a cubic crystal lattice:

    The intercepts of a plane are -1, 1, and 2 along the x, y, and z axes, respectively. The Miller index is (!2 2 1). Find the direction vector normal to the plane.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution
    In my book it states that a cubic lattice will have the same value for the direction vector if the crystal is cubic. "a plane and the direction normal to the plane have precisely the same indices" I would then be lead to believe that the direction normal should be [ !2 2 1]

    However, according to the book, "The direction vector has projections of 2a, a, and 0 along the x, y, and z coordinate axes, respectively. The Miller indices for the direction are then [210].

    This is an example problem but it makes no sense to me. Can anyone clear up this discrepancy? It seems to me like this may be a typo, but I don't have enough knowledge to say one way or the other.
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