Activity III.C


Build a model of the seventy-atom fullerene in which there are no contiguous pentagons. A model of C can be constructed from the C model by separating C in halves and then inserting a ring of ten additional atoms. The result is a football-shaped molecule. Consider the following questions while inspecting your model.

  1. How many five- and six-membered rings are there in C?
    Answer: twelve 5's and twenty-five 6's.

  2. How many different kinds of vertices are there?
    Answer: five.

  3. How many of each kind of vertex are there?
    Answer: The five kinds of vertices are present in a ratio of 10:10:20:20:10.

  4. How many edges are there?
    Answer: 105.

  5. How many different kinds of edges are there?
    Answer: eight. There are four types of 6-6 ring fusions and four types of 6-5 ring fusions.

  6. How many 6-6 ring fusions and 6-5 ring fusions are there?
    Answer: 45 of the 6-6 variety and 60 of the 6-5 type.

  7. Given that the average edge is approximately 1.4 Å long, estimate the size of the cavity (length and width).
    Answer: Length is ~ 7.6 Å and width is ~ 6.4 Å.


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