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ALL MOLECULAR GRAPHICS: metals: copper: atomic arrangement (crystal structure)

copper atoms arranged in a face centred cubic pattern

(above) copper #1 atoms arranged in a face centred cubic pattern

Copper: metal whose atoms are arranged in closely packed hexagonal layers. First and fourth layers are in line with each other. This gives what is known as a face centred cubic pattern or cubic close packing. Copper is is a very good conductor of electricity and is commonly used in electrical circuits. When alloyed (mixed) with tin it produces bronze.

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copper atoms arranged in a face centred cubic pattern

(above) copper #2 atoms arranged in a face centred cubic pattern

copper atoms arranged in a face centred cubic pattern

(above) copper #3 atoms arranged in a face centred cubic pattern

copper atoms arranged in a face centred cubic pattern

(above) copper #4 atoms arranged in a face centred cubic pattern



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