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Homework Help: Einsteins model of a solid help?

  1. Apr 14, 2009 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    the question im working on says
    A carbon nanoparticle (very small particle) contains 6000 carbon atoms. According to the Einstein model of a solid, how many oscillators are in this block?

    im not exactly sure what this model is. i tried looking it up online but really did not have any luck. i got some answers but the all varied.
    can someone please let me know what this is or how it relates to this problem

  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 14, 2009 #2
    Well, in a solid, say with sound waves propagating through it, what's oscillating? That may get you on the right track.
  4. Apr 14, 2009 #3
    sound traveling through solid makes the atoms vibrate. the attems are held togeather by "springs" and depending on the strenght of these "springs" that is how fast the sound travels.
    so do i have to cound the "springs" if so how do i determine how many are on each atom??
  5. Apr 14, 2009 #4
  6. Apr 14, 2009 #5
    yeah i figured out what i did. i cubed it instead of * by 3
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