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Listing 3 . Blank lines and whitespace.
a = 3 # spaces and commentb = 4 # tab and commentc = (a # continue on next line + b)# a blank line follows print(c)# the output is 7


In every other programming environment that I have worked with in the past, indentation is used strictly for cosmetic or readability purposes.

However, indentation is not used strictly for cosmetic or readability purposes in Python. It is such an important topic in Python that I haveseparated it into a major section in this module.

Indentation is used to determine grouping of statements

Unlike most other programming environments, physical indentation is used in Python to determine the grouping of statements.

A blessing and a curse

This can be both a blessing and a curse. The blessing is that it forces you to use proper indentation, which usually leads to more readable code.

The curse is that if you don't use proper indentation, your script probably won't behave properly.

No safety nets

There are few if any safety nets in Python (such as the matching curly brackets used in C, C++, and Java) to protect you from indentation errors.

To make matters worse, such errors often turn up as logical errors (meaning that the script simply doesn't work correctly) rather than interpreter errors (meaning that the interpreter will tell you about the error) .

An example of correct indentation

Although I haven't introduced you to the if statement yet, you probably have a fairly good idea what it is used for. I am going to use it to illustrate theproper indentation of a group of statements with the script in Listing 4 .

Description of an "if" statement:

An if statement means that if some expression evaluates to true , the program will do something specific. Otherwise, the script won't do that specificthing.

Don't be too concerned if the logic of the script in Listing 4 escapes you at this point in time. I will explain the use of the if statement in detail in a futuremodule. The important thing here is to understand the grouping of statements.

Listing 4 . An example of correct indentation.
A = 3 B = 4if B>A: print(A) # begin groupprint(B) print(A + B) # end groupA = 6 # not part of above group print(A)#============================================================ #The output, which is not part of the script, is shown below.3 47 6

Compare A with B and take appropriate action

The script in Listing 4 compares the value of the variable A with the value of the variable B to determine if the value of B is greater than the value of A (if B>A:) .

If the value of B is greater than the value of A (which it is in this case) , the three indented print statements are executed. Otherwise, that group of threestatements is bypassed.

A compound statement

The three statements shown with indentation are either all executed, or they are all bypassed. Hence, they behave as a group.

A group of statements like this is sometimes referred to as a compound statement (a statement made up of two or more individual statements) .

Group behavior

When the three indented statements are executed as a group, the values 3, 4, and 7 are printed on consecutive output lines by the three print statements in the groupof statements, as shown in Figure 2 .

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fullerene is a bucky ball aka Carbon 60 molecule. It was name by the architect Fuller. He design the geodesic dome. it resembles a soccer ball.
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That is a great question Damian. best way to answer that question is to Google it. there are hundreds of applications for buck minister fullerenes, from medical to aerospace. you can also find plenty of research papers that will give you great detail on the potential applications of fullerenes.
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Mostly, they use nano carbon for electronics and for materials to be strengthened.
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Yeah, it is a pain to say the least. You basically have to heat the substarte up to around 1000 degrees celcius then pass phosphene gas over top of it, which is explosive and toxic by the way, under very low pressure.
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