Brittle Diamonds

Why is diamond brittle, even though it is the hardest substance known to man?

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Brittle Diamonds really liked it 4. Father Peter, parish priest of Brotherton village in England, is accused of sexual abuse. Against Catholic teaching, his sister pays a local girl to be her surrogate mother, and a fellow priest commits suicide rather than face his own allegations of sexual abuse.

Matt, an egotistical atheist, befriends the stricken priest, whom he discovers is terminally ill.

Will he succe Father Peter, parish priest of Brotherton village in England, is accused of sexual abuse. Will he succeed in proving Father Peter's innocence before the pastor dies? Published March 25th by Smashwords Edition first published July 15th To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up. To ask other readers questions about Brittle Diamonds , please sign up.

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There is talk of fox hunts, horse shows, and other country activities. There is a wide variety of characters just like you would expect to find in any town. The way they interact with each other is expressed very well. The problems that the characters face are varied and easy to understand. Some of them I was able to relate to more than others.

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He has his own problems facing him and yet he is willing to help everyone that comes to him. As his problems loom larger and larger I was amazed at the way he handled himself and continued to encourage others around him. His faith in God and the Catholic Church was inspiring. It was interesting to see who rallied around him and who turned their backs on him.

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The way that the truth came out was great. This story does address a couple of deep topics that take some time to consider. I received a complimentary copy of this book from the publisher.

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I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. Dieses hier ist manchmal etwas langatmig und etwas viel Gerede. It doesn't really have any type of crystal structure to it, but will easily shatter if force is applied.

For metals, they are composed of the metal nuclei surrounded in a sea of electrons. Therefore, when you hit the metal hard, you just move the nuclei around but they are still in that 'sea of electrons'. As a result, the metal doesn't break.

Mitch General Chemist Administrator Sr. People cut diamonds, don't they?

How can diamonds be brittle and incredible hard at the same time? : NoStupidQuestions

Always start by writing a balanced chemical equation. Don't confuse thermodynamic stability with chemical reactivity. They do cut diamonds, but its typically with other diamonds. Diamonds shatter very easily. My father sometimes breaks poorly-cut or low quality diamonds if he tries to set them in, say, a ring. It is a bit tougher than glass, and can scratch any substance known to man, but shatters about as easily as a quartz crystal. Diamond stone cutting cant be done by anyone, and even the toughest, highest-quality diamonds can be broken in the hands of an amature gemcutter.

Thanks everyone for your replies. But there is still one thing I don't understand I know that in ionic compounds, when a force is applied to one part of the lattice, the force of repulsion between the now-aligned like charges forces the lattice apart. Is this in any way similar to how diamonds are brittle? Bond strength is too complicated to get into and has been covered in past threads. Groggirl answered your question pretty well.

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Diamonds are brittle precisely because they are so hard! Hardness is the ability of a material to resist plastic deformation. That is, its ability to resist scratching or. I know that despite being hard diamonds are very brittle. But just how brittle are they? Are they easier to crush than a regular stone you may find.

Cleavage planes in diamond are exactly perpendicular to covalent bonds. Powered by SMF 2.

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