Modeling 13 Archimedean solids by an object-oriented language

Palabras clave: Archimedean solids, pov-ray, programming, geometrical study, modeling


The computational study of structures with chemical relevance is preceded by its modeling in such manner that no calculations can be submitted without the knowledge of their spatial atomic arrangement. In this regard, the use of an object-oriented language can be helpful both to generate the Cartesian coordinates (.xyz file format) and to obtain a ray-traced image. The modeling of chemical structures based on programming has some advantages with respect to other known strategies. The more important advantage is the generation of Cartesian coordinates that can be visualized easily by using free of charge software. Our approach facilitates the spatial vision of complex structures and make tangible the chemistry concepts delivered in the classroom. In this article an undergraduate project is described in which students generate the Cartesian coordinates of 13 Archimedean solids based on a geometrical/programming approach. Students were guided along the project and meetings were held to integrate their ideas in a few lines of programmed codes. They improved their decision-making process and their organization and collecting information capabilities, as much as their reasoning and spatial depth. The final products of this project are the coded algorithms and those made tangible the grade of learning/understanding derived of this activity.


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Sandoval-Salazar, S., Jacobo-Fernández, J., Morales-Vidales, J., & Tlahuice, A. (2021). Modeling 13 Archimedean solids by an object-oriented language. Mundo Nano. Revista Interdisciplinaria En Nanociencias Y Nanotecnología, 15(29), 1e-32e.