Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Platonic solids with cylindrical bonds

Cylindrical beads that have capsule shape are perfect pedagogical materials for creating physical models of fullerenes since they can look like the chemists' intuition of chemical bonds and, at the same time, effectively mimic the steric repulsion among different beads. To demonstrate these points, here, we use these beads to create the five Platonic solids. 

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