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Answer the Following Question Explain the Softness of Graphite with Reference to Its Structure. - Chemistry

Answer the following question

Explain the softness of graphite with reference to its structure.

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Solution

 In a graphite molecule of each carbon atoms is linked with three neighboring carbon atoms. Thus forming a hexagonal arrangement of atoms. These hexagonal grouping of carbon atoms are arranged as layers or sheets piled one the top of other. The layers are held together by weak forces such that they can slide over one another. That is why graphite is soft.

Concept: Uses of Diamond, Graphite, Coke, Coal, Soot
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Selina Concise Chemistry Class 8 ICSE
Chapter 9 Carbon and Its Compounds
Exercise I | Q 7.5 | Page 130
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