A Brief Lecture on the Physical Chemistry
of the Diamond
Three degrees of freedom in chemistry
means that an atom, usually unbonded,
free to move in three dimensions.
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