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Problem: Like most transition metals, tantalum (Ta) exhibits several oxidation states. Give the formula of the tantalum compound whose unit cell is depicted below:

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In a unit cell: atoms have different contribution depending on their location

                                                         contribution
corner atoms                                         1/8
atoms inside                                          1
atoms in the face of the cube              1/2 
atoms in the edge of the cube            1/4 


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Like most transition metals, tantalum (Ta) exhibits several oxidation states. Give the formula of the tantalum compound whose unit cell is depicted below:

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