International Tables for Crystallography

Determination of the density of solids
F. M. Richards and P. F. Lindley. International Tables for Crystallography (2006). Vol. C, ch. 3.2, pp. 156-159  [ doi:10.1107/97809553602060000586 ]


Chapter 3.2 deals with methods and precautions required to measure the density of solids and is firmly based on an earlier version by F. M. Richards. A knowledge of the density can be of considerable use in determining the number of `molecules' per asymmetric unit, although in the case of biological macromolecules the measurement of density can be problematic.

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