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Geometry of the Platonic Solids
Posted:
Apr 13, 1993 11:57 AM


We have a Scientific Visualization class, where the students need to define a number of objects, then render them, changing the lighting, view point, etc. Most can figure out a Cube and some type of pyramid, but I would like to be able to give them data for more advanced solids tetrahedron, octahedron, icosahedron, etc. I have been able to find "cut this out and build you own model" but would like to get the location of vertices, to give to the students. Does anybody have these, or have a reference as to where to get them? (I recently worked out the tetrahedron, but would prefer not to try the rest of them)
On a related note, are there other nonregular solids that might be of interest (like BuckyBalls) that I could get the coordinates for?
Thanks
Mark mark@cs.msstate.edu



