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Problem: Polonium, the Period 6 member of Group 6A(16), is a rare radioactive metal that is the only element with a crystal structure based on the simple cubic unit cell. If its density is 9.142 g/cm3, calculate an approximate atomic radius for polonium.

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 Recall that a Simple Cubic (SC) unit cell has only 1 atom per unit cell.

Given:

density = 9.142 g/cm3

Calculate volume of the unit cell:

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Polonium, the Period 6 member of Group 6A(16), is a rare radioactive metal that is the only element with a crystal structure based on the simple cubic unit cell. If its density is 9.142 g/cm3, calculate an approximate atomic radius for polonium.

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