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Carbon Allotropes

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You can see models of graphite, diamond and buckminsterfullerene. These are all different forms (allotropes) of the element carbon. If you are studying GCSE Chemistry, you need only be able to recognise graphite and diamond, but buckminsterfullerene is also worth a look as it is a marvellous football-shaped molecule.

I suggest you use the left mouse button to spin the graphite and diamond around to view them from different angles. Right-click to bring up the menu, and select Display Wireframe to get the sort of view normally seen in text books. Use the left mouse button to turn these models around. Have fun!

Note: Take care to move the diamond molecule very slowly if you are sensitive to flashing lights.
 

 Molecular modelling applet courtesy of ChemAxon Ltd

 

     
   

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