Chapter 1 introduces material which is developed in later chapters as the main substance of the book. It includes discussions of the atomic nature of matter, states of matter, crystalline and amorphous solids, isomorphism and polymorphism, solid-state transitions and liquid crystals. An outline of bonding in covalent, molecular, ionic, metallic and hydrogen-bonded solids is provided, together with a classification of solids in terms of these sub-divisions.
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