I would like to construct a sphere by gluing unit cubes together. I'm only attempting to approximate the shape of a sphere as closely as is possible with unit cubes.
Before I get out the glue, how would I go about creating a spreadsheet that would show me the quantity and placement of cubes in each cross-sectional layer? (think of an MRI scan cross-section)
For input, the spreadsheet should ask for the radius of the sphere to be built, as well as which layer of that sphere should be displayed.
There may be more than one way to accomplish this. Any spreadsheet that will allow me to build a sphere by displaying each layer of a sphere for a given radius is considered valid.
Here is an example of output:
Hint: The formula for distance in 3 dimensions is:
Bonus question! Adjust your algorithm to display a hollow sphere (think of a ping pong ball, or a beach ball). Note: All cubes must be connected into one contiguous piece.
(In reply to More specific algorithm (spoiler)
by Steve Herman)
I have taken great interest in your forethought and proposal.
I think Dustin would like something more specific so that he could take your advice directly into his open spreadsheet book and emulate something equivalent to his thoughts.
I accept if countermanded by Dustin.
Posted by brianjn
on 2012-02-26 08:43:28