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Why are crystals important to science?
Question Date: 2012-12-31
Answer 1:

Crystals are important to Chemistry because they keep a molecule from moving very much, and we can see it's structure, comprised of each atom. This has been extremely useful with proteins in biochemistry. Sometimes you can use the same molecule in a crystal, but it will make different crystal shapes. This will tell the scientist new information about the properties of the molecule. In fact, crystallography (the study of crystals) was used to determine the shape of double stranded DNA - what makes you and me unique!

Answer 2:

Crystals are important to Science because almost any solid matter in nature will form crystals, given the chance.

When a solid forms, the atoms of the solid pack themselves into the most efficient way possible in order for the forces between the atoms that hold the solid together to work. This efficient way creates a very orderly network or grid of atoms. This grid of atoms is called a crystal.

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