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Richard Fein

A Brief Lecture on the Physical Chemistry of the Diamond

Three degrees of freedom in chemistry

means that an atom, usually unbonded,

is free to move in three dimensions.

A diamond

is homogeneous, made of bonded carbon atoms

and no others.

With huge amounts of pressure, over many years,

the atoms are pressed together to form a

perfect tetrahedral configuration--

which, in turn, forms a symmetry

with other perfect tetrahedral configurations--

creating a perfect crystal,

which is the world's hardest entity

and one of the most beautiful.

The degree of freedom for each individual carbon atom is

zero.

 


Richard Fein has been published in many web and print journals. He has two personal web sites on which he has posted his poetry and photography: http://expage.com/page/richardspoems (poems) and http://www.pbase.com/bardofbyte  (photo album).

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