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Problem: Calcium crystallizes with a body-centered cubic structure.How many nearest neighbors does each Ca atom possess?

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The body-centered cubic unit cell is composed of a cube with one atom at each of its corners and one atom at the center of the cube. As shown below:

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Calcium crystallizes with a body-centered cubic structure.

How many nearest neighbors does each Ca atom possess?

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