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Is there an algorithm to do this, or could someone point me in the right direction of where to go with this? I have my own theories, but while I'm competent with math, I'm not a math genius either...

Thanks!

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Is there an algorithm to do this, or could someone point me in the right direction of where to go with this? I have my own theories, but while I'm competent with math, I'm not a math genius either...

Thanks!

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You want to look at the area of maths knoiwn as 'packing':

http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/icl/heyes/structure_of_solids/Lecture1/Lec1.html [Broken]

http://www.maa.org/devlin/devlin_9_98.html [Broken]

http://www.stetson.edu/~efriedma/packing.html

http://www.polymorf.net/matter6.htm [Broken]

These are sites I used as references when I was trying to solve a packing problem with marbles, so they may or may not be relevant to you.

http://www.chem.ox.ac.uk/icl/heyes/structure_of_solids/Lecture1/Lec1.html [Broken]

http://www.maa.org/devlin/devlin_9_98.html [Broken]

http://www.stetson.edu/~efriedma/packing.html

http://www.polymorf.net/matter6.htm [Broken]

These are sites I used as references when I was trying to solve a packing problem with marbles, so they may or may not be relevant to you.

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