Analysis of Cubic System
(1) Number of atoms in per unit cell
The total number of atoms contained in the unit cell for a simple cubic called the unit cell content.
The simplest relation can determine for it is,
Where Number of atoms at the corners of the cube=8
Number of atoms at six faces of the cube = 6
Number of atoms inside the cube = 1
Cubic unit cell
Total atom in per unit cell
Simple cubic (sc)
body centered cubic (bcc)
Face centered cubic (fcc)
(2) Co-ordination number (C.N.): It is defined as the number of nearest neighbours or touching particles with other particle present in a crystal is called its co-ordination number. It depends upon structure of the crystal.
For simple cubic system C.N. = 6.
For body centred cubic system C.N. = 8
For face centred cubic system C.N. = 12.
(3) Density of the unit cell : It is defined as the ratio of mass per unit cell to the total volume of unit cell.
Where Z = Number of particles per unit cell
M = Atomic mass or molecular mass
Edge length of the unit cell=
volume of the unit cell
The density of the substance is same as the density of the unit cell.
Packing fraction (P.F.): It is defined as ratio of the volume of the unit cell that is occupied by spheres of the unit cell to the total volume of the unit cell.
Let radius of the atom in the packing = r
Edge length of the cube = a
Volume of the cube V =
Volume of the atom (spherical)
r related to a
Volume of the atom (n)
% of void
100–52 = 48%
100 – 74 = 26%
100 – 68 = 32%