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Explain how vacancies are introduced in an ionic solid when a cation of higher valence is added as an impurity in it.

If we mix a small amount of molten strontium chloride (SrCl2) with molten sodium chloride (NaCl) and the resulting solution is cooled, in the crystals of NaCl some Na+ ions will get replaced by Sr2+ ions. In order to maintain electron neutrality too Na+ ions are to leave their respective lattice sites. However, one out of them will be occupied by the Sr2+ion while the other will remain unoccupied or it will be vacant. Thus vacancies are introduced in an ionic solid.

Why are solids rigid?

Solids are rigid because the internuclear distance between the  molecules of a solid are very less and closely packed and their positions are fixed due to the strong forces of attraction between them.

Why is glass considred a super-cooled liquid?

Glass is amorphous solids and  have a tendency to flow, though very slowly. Therefore, these are called pseudo solids or super cooled liquids .

Classify the following as amorphous or crystalline solids: Polyurethane, naphthalene, benzoic acid, teflon, potassium nitrate, cellophane, polyvinyl chloride, fibre glass, copper.

Amorphous solids: Polyurethane, teflon, cellophane, polyvinyal chloride, fibre glass.
Crystalline solids: naphthlene, benzoic acid, potassium nitrate, copper.

Refractive index of a solid is observed to have the same value along all directions. Comment on the nature of this solid. Would it show clevage property?

Refractive index of a solid which have the same value along all directions are isotropic in nature. It would not show cleavage property.

Why do solids have a definite volume?

A solid have a definite volume because the inter molecular distance  between its molecules are fixed.