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What leads to close packing?  


  1. Lowest possible potential energy which leads to stability of the structure

  2. It helps in increasing conductivity

  3. It is leads to maximisation of the energy of the system

  4. Close packing leads to maximum entropy


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The correct option is A

Lowest possible potential energy which leads to stability of the structure


As discussed earlier, we know that all systems like to become stable by attaining a state of lowest possible potential energy.  

When particles (oppositely charged) get surrounded by other particles, the potential energy of the system gets reduced. 

Higher the number of surrounding particles (remember what this is called?), higher will be the reduction in potential energy.

And close packing leads to the highest possible number of surrounding atoms and hence the highest stability.

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