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 Odd soccer ball (Posted on 2003-12-04)
A common 6-in.-radius soccer ball contains 12 pentagons arranged so that every pentagon is separated from the next by the same arc length as one of the spherical (great circle segment) sides of the regular hexagons. As the hexagons are regular, this is the same arc length as one of the sides of the pentagons, as the pentagons also border the hexagons.

Calculate the arc length of a pentagon's side of a new soccer ball using the same radius and instead of one line of separation between pentagons, use two lines of separation between pentagons and consider every new line with a distance equal to a side of a pentagon. (See picture)

Note: The endpoints of the mentioned lines intersect with the surface of the soccer ball or sphere.

 See The Solution Submitted by Antonio Rating: 3.5000 (4 votes)

 Subject Author Date re(2): solution SilverKnight 2003-12-04 17:53:38 re: solution SilverKnight 2003-12-04 16:49:07 solution Charlie 2003-12-04 16:31:53 Solution Penny 2003-12-04 16:25:37

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