Crystal Structures and the Unit Cell


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What determines the shapes that different types of crystalline solids can take?

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1. The complete three-dimensional arrangement of particles within a crystal is known as the _____, while the smallest repeating unit in the lattice is called the _____.

2. What of the following is NOT one of the types of crystals?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Crystals are three-dimensional structures formed from repeating molecular patterns. This quiz and worksheet have been designed to check your understanding of how these fascinating structures are formed.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will test your knowledge in the following areas:

  • Makeup of crystalline substances
  • Components of the crystal structure
  • Four main types of crystals
  • Total number of crystal shapes that exist

Skills Practiced

This quiz and worksheet will test students in the following skills:

  • Making connections - use understanding of the concept of crystal structures
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as ionic and metallic
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast topics from the lesson, such as covalent network and covalent molecular bonds

Additional Learning

Learn more about types of crystals by reading the accompanying lesson Crystal Structures and the Unit Cell. The lesson, along with the quiz and worksheet learning resources, contain the following objectives:

  • Understand the three-dimensional structure of a crystal
  • Distinguish between the four types of crystals: ionic, covalent network, metallic, and covalent molecular
  • Identify intermolecular forces that hold covalent molecular bonds together