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Homework Help: When i break a pencil

  1. Sep 10, 2008 #1
    So the lead of the pencil is made out of graphite, when i break the graphite what sort of bonds are broken? intramolecular or intermolecular bonds?

    thanks in advance.
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  3. Sep 10, 2008 #2


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    Graphite consists of planar sheets of graphene stacked onto each other. When you break a pencil, you are breaking these intramolecular bonds.
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