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Q & A: ubiquitous Angstroms

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Most recent answer: 10/22/2007
Q:
Do all chemicals have Angstroms. If so where do I find them. For example the Angstrom for cholorethane, benzene, styrene.
- mary
irwin, p
A:

An angstrom is just a unit of length, like an inch or a mile or a meter. One Angstrom is one ten billionth of a meter. Every molecule has dimensions that can be measured in Angstroms, with neighboring atoms usually a little more than one Angstrom apart. If you Google for "benzene molecular dimensions' or something like that, maybe you'll find some sizes for the molecules you're wondering about. "bond lengths' might be another key phrase.

Mike W.

(published on 10/22/2007)

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