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# The ABAB packing and ABCABC packing are respectively called as:A. Hexagonal close packing (hcp) and cubic close packing (CCP)B. Cubic close packing (ccp) and hexagonal close packing (HCP)C. Body centred cubic (bcc) and hexagonal close packing (HCP)D. Hexagonal close packing (hcp) and body centred cubic (BCC)

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Hint: The different packing structures or types can be identified on the basis of the molecular arrangement in the given lattice. Each type of packing structure has a unique arrangement of atoms within them that can be understood by viewing the lattice from a side profile.

The spatial arrangements of atoms within a given lattice can be done in one dimension or two dimensions or even in 3 dimensions. Cubic close packing (ccp), hexagonal close packing (hcp) and body centred cubic (bcc) are all 3-dimensional spatial arrangements.
The spatial arrangements for the given packing structures are given as follows:
1. Hexagonal close packing

The arrangement in hexagonal packing as observed above is ABABAB
2. Cubic close packing

Face centred cubic packing is also known as cubic close packing. The arrangement in hexagonal packing as observed above is ABCABC
3. Body centred cubic packing

Since the body centric atoms are not in contact with any other atom within the same 2 – dimensional layer, it cannot be defined using a layer by layer interpretation.
Hence, the ABAB packing and ABCABC packing are respectively called as hexagonal close packing (hcp) and cubic close packing (ccp)

Hence, Option A is the correct option.

Note: The repetitive patterns of the different 2 - dimensional layers of the packing structures are named A, B, C and so on. So, each type of dimensional packing structure, has its own repetitive arrangements of the 2 - dimensional layers which can be represented in the above fashion.