Why are crystals termed as anisotropic when they have uniform arrangement throughout?

Asked by Anand | 22nd Apr, 2014, 02:11: PM

Expert Answer:

Anisotropic solids have different arrangement of particles in all directions.

It is the property of being directionally dependent, as opposed to isotropy.

Anisotropic solids are those solids, in which due to different arrangement of particles in different directions, the values of physical properties such as refractive index, conductivity, thermal expansion etc. are different in different directions. It is characteristics of crystalline solids.

Answered by  | 23rd Apr, 2014, 09:43: AM

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