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Polyhedral Model Kit

ZnS Example

Names: Zinc Sulfide or Zinc Blende.

This structure is built from tetrahedral units. The pompom inside represents a zinc ion and the clear tetrahedron represents four sulfide ions in a tetrahedral arrangement around the zinc.

Construction


Top view


Side view

 
1. Build a corner-shared tetrahedral layer.
2. Build another tetrahedral layer.
3. Build a third tetrahedral layer.


Top view


Side view

 
4. Stack two tetrahedral layers
5. Stack three tetrahedral layers

Alternate representations for this structure (all views show identical structures):


Polyhedral ZnS model assembled using the kit.


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