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The maximum of several affine functions is a polyhedral function

A function $f: \mathbb{R}^n \mapsto (-\infty,\infty]$ is polyhedral if its epigraph is a polyhedral, i.e. $$\text{epi}f=\{(x,t)\in \mathbb{R}^{n+1} | \ \ C\left( \begin{matrix} x\\ t \end{matrix} ...
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Small Stellated Dodecahedron, generating triangle vertices

I have been trying to draw a small stellated dodecahedron (would post an image if I had enough rep) using OpenGL, and would like to generate the vertices programmatically. I'm looking for a way to map ...
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Cubohemioctahedron

Am I missing something here? Do I see shapes differently than everyone else? A Cubohemioctahedron is cited to have a Euler characteristic of negative 2. This is because most texts say its 10 faces ...
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Linear Independence Proof using Rotation

I am attempting to prove that three axes of rotation are linearly independent and so form a basis for $\mathbb{R}^3$. I assert that given the fact that rotations about each axis involve no rotation ...
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The definition of face - in regard to polyhedral fans

Question: How is face defined rigorously for bullet point 2 below. Definition: A convex polyhedral fan, $F$, of polyhedral cones, all living in the same vector space, requires two things: If ...
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In an icosahedron subdivided n times, how can I find the coordinates of adjacent centroids?

I think it would be helpful to refer to this image when trying to follow my description: http://i.imgur.com/nRXQo3W.jpg (taken from http://experilous.com/1/blog/post/procedural-planet-generation). ...
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Polyhedral surface with infinitely many triangulations with same combinatorics

Is there an example of a polyhedral surface that has infinitely many triangulations with the same combinatorics?
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In linear programming, how to check whether a convex polyhedron is contained in another

Suppose we have two convex polyhedra $P_1=\{x\in \mathbb{R}^n \mid A_1 x \geq b_1 \}$ and $P_2=\{x\in \mathbb{R}^n \mid A_2 x \geq b_2 \}$ Is there a way to check whether $P_1 \subseteq P_2$? I was ...
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What is the depth of water above the prism?

I have been practising for a math competition and came across the following question: A fishtank with base $100\,\rm cm$by $200\,\rm cm$ and depth $100\,\rm cm$ contains water to a depth of ...
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Subvector and related subspace

This might be easier than I think, but I got stuck. Assume a vector $y=[y_1,\ldots,y_n]\in Y$, where $Y$ is a convex polyhedron. Assume a $k$-dimensional subvector of $y$, namely ...
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Geometric Representation of Quasidihedral Groups

I am going back through Dummit/Foote studying for a prelim and came across the 'quasidihedral' or 'semi-dihedral', group of order $2^n$, with presentation $\langle r,s \mid r^{2^{n-1}} = s^2 = 1, srs ...
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Isomorphism of divisors

Consider the cartier divisor group $CDiv_{T_{N}}(X_{\Sigma})$ defined on the fan $X_{\Sigma}$. I am having trouble proving the following assertion that there is a natural isomorphism ...
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Convex polyhedron and its Gauß-curvature

I am trying to prove: A convex polyhedron has positive Gauß-Curvature at every vertex. What we know: Gauß-Curvature at every vertex is given by $K(p) = 2\pi - \sum\limits_{\text{angle } ...
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Finding generators of toric ideals

Consider the affine toric variety $V \subset k^{5}$ parametrized by $$\Phi(s,t,u) = (s^{4},t^{4},u^{4},s^{8}u,t^{12}u^{3}) \in k^{5}$$ where k is an algebraically closed field of characteristic 2. ...
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$3\mathrm D$ Projection Of $4\mathrm D$ Polyhedron

Can someone identify this shape? I think it is a $3\mathrm D$ projection of $4\mathrm D$ polyhedron. The body in the center seems to be a truncated octahedron, so as the body in the middle. The ...
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How to determine the outward normal vector of a face of a hexahedron if the orientation (CW or CCW) of vertices of the face is unknown

Consider a single quadrilaterally-faced hexahedron. If given the co-ordinates of the vertices, $\mathbf{v}_i$, of a face in counter-clockwise orientation, I can compute the corresponding unit outward ...
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How to prove a point in a set is an extreme point of the set ?

Def: an extreme point of a set $K$ is the point that cannot be expresssed as a convex combination of other points in $K$. Apart from the definition, what else arguments can we use to prove that a ...
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Dinamically generate Goldberg polyhedra G(m,n)

In these pages the autor provided a lot of info about some Goldberg polyhedra (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Goldberg_polyhedron): http://dmccooey.com/polyhedra/DualGeodesicIcosahedra.html ...
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polytope with 12 vertices and 48 edges

It seems like you can construct a polytope with 12 vertices, where each vertex connects to all the other vertices except 3. So there must be a totalt of 48 edges. (each of the 12 vertcies connects to ...
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What honeycomb has the highest volume to edge length ratio?

This question is analagous to the Kelvin Problem where the solution, the Weaire-Phelan Structure, has the highest volume to surface area ratio; however, the cell volume is compared to edge length ...
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What does an Euler characteristic of a topological space greater than 2 topologically mean?

Recently I've found a polyhedron with Euler characteristic $\chi=9$. This is made from the Octahemioctahedron with adding the intersections of the hexagon faces as vertices. It has $V=13, E=36, ...
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Why is Octahemioctahedron topologically a torus?

I'm afraid, that I have a very bad space vision, because I don't see, that Octahemioctahedron is topologically a torus. Could somebody explain it for me, why is it? Scene 2. @aes: Finally, ...
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Largest of the smallest angles of incidence from arbitrary point to tetrahedron vertex/centroid line

Picture a regular tetrahedron where each vertex has a line through the centroid and a plane normal to it. I need to show that the range of the smallest angles of incidence from an arbitrary point to ...
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The skeleton of Eulerian polyhedra

There is (at least) two kind of validity domain of Euler's $v−e+f=2$ polyhedron formula. One is the "Eulerian" polyhedra, i.e. simply connected polyhedra with simply connected faces (see here). The ...
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How to find out the circumscribed radius of a snub dodecahedron?

A snub dodecahedron is produced by partially rotating all 12 regular pentagonal faces of a small rhombocosidodecahedron. A snub dodecahedron has 80 congruent equilateral triangular faces, 12 congruent ...
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Is there any simply connected polyhedron with a not simply connected face?

According to Wikipedia, For a convex polyhedron or more generally for any simply connected polyhedron whose faces are also simply connected, χ = 2. Is it really necessary to specify here, that ...
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How does the existence of Platonic graphs imply the existence of Platonic solids?

I will use the following definitions Platonic graph: A 3-connected planar graph with faces bounded by the same number of edges and vertices having the same number of incident edges. (remark: ...
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computing Lefschetz number

We have a fixed point theorem which says that : Let $X$ be a compact polyhedron, $f:X\rightarrow X$ be a continuous map. If $L(f)\neq 0$ then $f$ must have a fixed point. (Lefschetz number is ...
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Is the adjective 'regular' necessary in the definition of Platonic solids?

The definition I mean can be found in the tag Wiki of Platonic solid tag and also in Wikipedia: Definition 1: A Platonic solid is a regular, convex polyhedron with congruent faces of ...
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Convex polyhedra with edges of equal length

This is again a natural category of polyhedra without having an own name. Is it possible, that their graphs are the same as the graphs of polyhedra with faces of regular polygons? My question is ...
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Dihedral angles of a pentakis dodecahedron

I'm new to the world of mathematical descriptions of polyhedra, and I'm wondering if, for a Pentakis Dodecahedron, the dihedral angles are uniform at each vertex. The visualization of the P.D. on the ...
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What is the name of convex polyhedra with congruent faces of regular polygons?

The definition of platonic solids is the following (see Wikipedia): In Euclidean geometry, a Platonic solid is a regular, convex polyhedron with congruent faces of regular polygons and the same ...
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Is there a term for an “unbounded simplex”?

Is there a general term for regions like $\{(x,y):x>y\}$ and $\{(x,y,z): x>y>z\}$, i.e., regions which are simplexes with one open?
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Conway polyhedra notation calculator?

I recently read about Conway polyhedra notation, and I want to experiment with it. Are there any programs that take the notation, and output a representation of the shape?
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3D Dodecahedron model: Construction question.

The image below is a 2D construction that, when cut-out and folded appropriately (hopefully it is intuitively clear how to cut and fold), forms a 3D dodecahedron. It works great: I've successfully ...
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possible polyhedra from euler's formula

I'm not very clear with the euler's formula, and I couldn't find it anywhere. I'm sorry if it is a double post. F + V - E = 2 Is the euler's formula. If the equation balances, is it polyhedra all ...
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surface area of 'cylinder' with the top cut at an angle

I don't know what the name for this shape is, so in essence it is a cylinder, radius at base $r$, which has had a wedge of the top cut off at an angle so that rather than a circle the upper face is an ...
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Analytic-geometrical properties of dodecahedron

Consider the following projection of a dodecahedron: An equilateral triangle can be projected to make points $A, B, C, D, E, F$ intersect with it's edges. What would be the mathematical proof (if ...
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Something after after duals?

So if I have a polyhedron, x. Is it possible for a shape to be inscribed inside x (y). And inside y is z, but inside z is x. Is there a shape that could be x? If so what is it? Also, x, y, and z are ...
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Operations on polyhedra

Is there an operation on polyhedra that add $1$ vertex and $1$ facet (thus, due to Euler's formula, add two edges)? Here, a polyhedron is the convex hull of a finite number of non coplanar points in ...
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Computer realisation of automorphism group of polyhedron

I have a polyhedron (I am especially interested in the case of Platonic solids) and the graph corresponding to its skeleton. I also have some data associated with this graph (e.g. different ...
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Why is the component sum of a polymatroid analogous to size of a set and what is its relation to independence of a matroid?

I was learning about sub modularity and matroids in the following microsoft tutorial and they introduce the concept of polymatroid in parallel to matroids. In that talk they also introduce the concept ...
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Motions that Leave a Prism Invariant

Identify the group of all motions that leave a right prism invariant. It seems like the normal dihedral group, $D_n$, with respect to the base would be a subgroup of this group. That is to say that ...
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3D models of the unfoldings of the hypercube?

There are (apparently) 261 distinct unfoldings of the 4D hypercube, a.k.a., the tesseract, into 3D.1 These unfoldings (or "nets") are analogous to the 11 unfoldings of the 3D cube into the plane.2 ...
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Labelling the Vertices of a Polyhedron

It is possible to label the vertices of a cube with strings of 3 binary digits in such a way that two vertices are adjacent if and only if the correspondent strings differ one from the other in ...
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Ball-of-wacks combinations

The six-color version of the ball-of-wacks consists of thirty rhomboidal pieces, which can be combined to form a rhombic triacontahedron. There are six colors, each with five pieces. One challenge ...
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Which convex polytopes do not have stellations?

Some polytopes, like the cube and the tetrahedron, do not have stellations (see http://mathworld.wolfram.com/Stellation.html). Has anyone characterized all convex polytopes (generally or in small ...
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“Octahedron” made from two pyramids of different heights.

I wonder how to name such shape: It's commonly used by e.g. 3ds max to visualize the bone in animation system. It consist of two pyramids with the exact same square base. It would be a ...
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Computing a lower bound for the minimal componentwise distance of vertices of polyhedra

Let $A$ be a matrix in $\mathbb{R}^{m \times n}$ and let $P = \{ x \in \mathbb{R}^n \mid Ax \leq b \}$ be a polytope. I want to compute a lower bound on the minimal componentwise distance of two ...
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Why can't a perpetual motion polyhedron exist?

I've been thinking about polyhedrons, when placed on a table on a certain face, will tip over and keep tipping over infinitely. I'm trying to prove mathematically that such a polyhedron doesn't exist. ...