Descriptions and Examples for the POV-Ray Raytracer by Friedrich A. Lohmüller
Elementary Geometry for Raytracing
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Truncated Icosahedron
Buckminsterfullerene
buckyball, C60.
Some useful geometrical facts.

Truncated Icosahedron
In the following we write for the square root of a number
the expression "sqrt(
ZAHL)"
conforming to the syntax used in POV-Ray.

Dimensions
Length of an edge: a.
Radius of circumsphere (vertices):
Rc = a / 4 * sqrt( 58 + 18*sqrt(5));

Radius of edgesphere (tangent to edges):
Re = 3/4 * a * ( 1 + sqrt(5) );

Angle between hexagon and hexagon: ~138,2°
HH_Angle =
degrees(acos(-1/3*sqrt(5)));


Angle between hexagon and pentagon: ~142,6°
HP_Angle =
degrees(acos(-sqrt((5+2*sqrt(5))/15)));


Truncated Icosahedron net
Truncated Icosahedron




Folding of a Truncated Icosahedron
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