How many oxygen atoms in the quartz formula?

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How many oxygen atoms in the quartz formula?
« on: 18/11/2010 22:41:24 »
just been reading a book.....

it said the chemical compound of quartz was SiO2 the it said that it was one silicon atom surrounded by 4 oxygen atoms.... errrrrr
is the book just doing this to confuse me ort is there lots i dont understand

i vouch for the latter
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How many oxygen atoms in the quartz formula?
« Reply #1 on: 19/11/2010 05:29:11 »
Quartz molecules are structured as attached tetrahedrons forming a 3-dimension framework, so each Si atom shares 4 oxygen, and each oxygen shares 2 Si atoms. Which gives the simplified formula SiO2
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« Reply #2 on: 20/11/2010 01:03:33 »
Im so gonna have to play with my daughters plastersean to be able to visualise it, i understand every word you wrote, it just does not make sence intil i can work it out so i can see it. tetrahedron is it pictured as 4 points equaly spaced apart but like..... A 3 sided pyramid, 1 point on top plus 3 other corners, with the middle being the dead center of all 4 points? [:-\]
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« Reply #3 on: 20/11/2010 16:17:45 »
maybe this will help

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source: www.quartzpage.de



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« Reply #4 on: 23/11/2010 07:09:44 »
Awsome i understand it now, legendary bass cheers
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