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Postby Tyra Nguyen 4H » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:05 pm

What is an Angstrom and how is it applied in the lab?

Kate Chow 4H
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Re: Angstrom?

Postby Kate Chow 4H » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:12 pm

An angstrom is just a unit of length (think meter as another example) that is equal to 1*10^-10 m or 0.1 nm. I know Dr. Lavelle mentioned that angstroms are used to express wavelengths, so they are probably applied in lab in that way as well.

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Re: Angstrom?

Postby DavidEcheverri3J » Fri Oct 12, 2018 1:14 pm

It's important to remember that angstrom is only a measure of distance (meters), so be careful not to call 1 x 10^-10 an angstrom, because it could be 1 x 10^-10 liters or moles or anything, and angstrom wouldn't fit in anything other than meters.

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Re: Angstrom?

Postby Ricardo Martin 1J » Sat Oct 13, 2018 3:21 pm

An angstrom is equivalent to 1x10^-10 m and Dr. Lavelle stated that it would be common to find wavelengths to the ^-10m, therefore, the angstrom is used for convenience in writing these lengths.

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Re: Angstrom?

Postby Dong Hyun Lee 4E » Sat Oct 13, 2018 9:13 pm

An angstrom is just another unit name for 10^10 meters. So use this if your answer is in meters and is above this amount for a reasonable unit. It's like measuring a road as you would'nt give the distance in centimeters unless specifically asked to for a 4000 m stretch of road.

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Re: Angstrom?

Postby Jordan Y4D » Sun Oct 14, 2018 5:36 pm

An Angstrom is a short hand way to show the approximate distance of the diameter of 1 hydrogen atom. It is used primarily to show wavelengths and intermolecular distances.

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Re: Angstrom?

Postby 404536963 » Sun Oct 14, 2018 11:26 pm

You'll commonly see it written as Å in this class for exams, etc, and it is used to measure the size of atoms/molecules, the length of chemical bonds, or the wavelengths of electrochem radiation. It is equivalent to 1.0 × 10-10 meters, but its not an SI unit. For example, hydrogen is about 0.5 Å, while chlorine and sulfur are 1 Å.

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Re: Angstrom?

Postby Jake Gordon 1A » Mon Oct 15, 2018 11:14 pm

An angstrom(Å) is a non- SI unit equal to 10 to the -10th meters. This is a valuable unit because it is around the value of wavelengths of light and interatomic distances (ex. diameter of a hydrogen atom).

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Re: Angstrom?

Postby Hannah Padilla 1H » Tue Oct 16, 2018 5:47 pm

An Angstrom is the diameter of 1 Hydrogen atom, or 10^-10. We use this, because SI units go by 3s.

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