Why graphite is soft but diamond is hard in nature?
Asked by Topperlearning User | 31st May, 2016, 01:32: PM
Graphite has layers structure. There are weak van der Waal's forces between the layers. So, the layers can slide over one another. Therefore, graphite is soft. In diamond each carbon atom is the same distance to each of its neighboring carbon atoms. In this rigid network atoms cannot move.
Answered by | 31st May, 2016, 03:32: PM
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