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Crystalline solids are anisotropic in nature.’ What does this statement mean?

Crystalline solids are anisotropic in nature.’ What does this statement mean?

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Sunil Kumar FP
askIITians Faculty 183 Points
8 years ago
All crystalline solids are not anisotropic. Those crystalline solids which are anisotropic, have their atoms arranged and spaced in a different manner in three different planes (X, Y and Z).Therefore, if light is passed through such crystal, it will experience different environments in different directions and hence different refractive indices will be obtained.
Varsha
18 Points
3 years ago
The properties of crystalline solids are different when viewed from different directions because of the different geometry formation as viewed from different angles as in amorphous solid you will find that there is irregular arrangement when you view it from any angles So it has same properties along all directions so it is known as isotopic ISO means same. 
 

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