# Shouldn't be a tough problem to solve

1. Aug 23, 2004

### bang911

I just had my first college physics class today, and already I'm stuck on the first problem. I already had physics in HS and I expected I wouldn't have that much trouble in college. So here is a question that I have no clue how to answer.

A crystalline solid consists of atoms stacked up in a repeating lattice structure. Consider a crystal as shown in figure p1. The atoms reside at the corners of the cubes of side L = 0.200 nm. One piece of evidence for the regular arrangement of atoms comes from the flat surfaces along which a crystal separates, or cleaves, when it is broken. Suppose this crystal cleaves along a face diagonal as in p2. Calculate the spacing d between two adjacent atomic planes that separate when the crystal cleaves.

(the pictures are in 3d)

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l<-L->l \d\

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OOOO OOOO

so if anyone would help me out with this i would greatly appreciate it

2. Aug 25, 2004

### ehild

Well, maybe my picture helps.

ehild

Last edited: Jun 29, 2010
3. Aug 25, 2004

### JasonRox

4. Aug 25, 2004

### da_willem

Just use the Pythagorean theorem

5. Aug 25, 2004

### bang911

Ya I had no clue how the pythagorean theorm was to be used when i read the problem. Thanks for the post and that nice diagram though. Doesn't seem tough any more.

6. Aug 26, 2004

### ehild

It's a pleasure ...

ehild