# (a) For the solidification of iron, calculate the critical

# (a) For the solidification of iron, calculate the critical

(a) For the solidification of iron, calculate the critical radius r* and the activation free energy ?G* if nucleation is homogeneous. Values for the latent heat of fusion and surface free energy are â1.85 A? 109 J/m3 and 0.204 J/m2, respectively. Use the supercooling value found in Table 10.1.

(b) Now calculate the number of atoms found in a nucleus of critical size. Assume a lattice parameter of 0.292 nm for solid iron at its melting temperature.