Illustrated Glossary of Organic Chemistry
Empirical: Facts or
evidence obtained by observation or experiment.
Diamond is composed of a network of
carbon atoms joined by single
and other theories predict that the C-C-C bond
in diamond are 109.5o
. The empirical C-C-C
in diamond (as determined via x-ray
by physicists Sir William Lawrence Bragg and Sir
William Henry Bragg in 1913), verifying the theoretical
predictions. Click on the image to see a three-dimensional 'tour'
through the diamond structure