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What are the formulas for the number of vertices, edges, faces, cells, 4-faces, …, $n$-faces, of convex regular polytopes in $n \geq 5$ dimensions?

I know that in dimension $n \geq 5$ there are only 3 kind of convex regular polytopes in each dimension: the $n$-simplex, the $n$-cube and the $n$-orthoplex. I would like to know if there are ...
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Which polyhedron has 17 vertices, 34 edges and 19 faces?

on exam I had task to check that there is polyhedron with 8 triangle faces, 11 quadrangle, each vertices have degree 4. after calculate I obtain that it have 34 edges, 17 vertices and 19 faces but i ...
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Volume of overlap between two convex polyhedra

I have two convex polyhedra represented by triangle meshes. I can easily determine if they are in contact or not, but when they are in contact then I would like to determine the volume of their ...
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Minimum distance of extreme points of polyhedra

Let $P = \{x \in \mathbb{R}_{\geq0}^n \colon Ax \leq b\}$ with $A \in \mathbb{R}^{m \times n}$ and $b \in \mathbb{R^m}$. Let $E \subseteq P$ be the extreme points of $P$. Can anything be said about ...
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what is and how to generate a Net representation for a given polyhedron?

The so called Net representation for a Tetrahedron is depicted in the following image ( link to wolfram ) : What is this for ? How to reason about this and how to generate this very same ...
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Why are polyhedra related to the prime numbers 2, 3 and 5, but not to the prime number 7?

Just take a quick glance at all the numbers in these Wikipedia pages on polyhedra: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Platonic_solid http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Archimedean_solid ...
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there is any relation between $\pi$, $\sqrt{2}$ or a generic polygon?

I'm a programmer, I'm always looking for new formulas and new way of computing things, to satisfy my curiosity I would like to know if there are any formulas, or I should say equalities, that make use ...
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Convex Polyhedron problem

I want to prove it isn't possible to make a football (a convex polyhedron such that at least 3 edges meet at each vertex) out of exactly 9 squares and m octagons where $m>3$.
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How do you know at least one face is not simply connected on a polyhedra?

if it has 14 vertices, 21 edges and 9 faces, its boundary is a single surface and there is at least one hole. I dont understand.
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Proof that a Polytope has vertices

As part of my Discrete Optimization course, I have a homework where I have to prove that a Polytope has vertices. I seems to have all tools in hand (definition of a vertex, polytop, convex hull, etc.) ...
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Counting polyhedra

Given $n>6$ points in space are placed in such a way that no three are collinear and no four lie on the same plane. Show number of convex polyhedra with $5$ faces and vertices among the given ...
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Could someone explain me this induction.

I'm trying to understand a paper called "Diameter of Polyhedra: Limits of Abstraction" available here : http://sma.epfl.ch/~eisenbra/Publications/designs.pdf My problem is with the first two ...
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The process of alternation on an n-polytope

I am currently working on a problem involving algebraic geometry and as a part of the research it would be helpful for me to understand the process of alternation, also called partial truncation, ...
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Generalized permutahedron and random polytopes

The Birkhoff polytope $B_n$ is defined as the convex hull of the set of permutation matrices, which gives us the set of doubly stochastic matrices. A concept which is intimately related is that of the ...
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Formula for greatest cross section of regular dodecahedron

Is there a formula for the area of greatest cross section of a regular dodecahedron? For example, this can be viewed as finding a hole big enough for it to fit into.
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Is the rhombic dodecahedron the only isohedral polyhedron that tiles 3-space (other than the cube)?

Is the rhombic dodecahedron the only face-transitive (or isohedral, i.e. all faces are the same) polyhedron that seamlessly tiles 3-dimensional Euclidean space (other than the cube)? I'm looking ...
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Three theorems for Polyhedra, Polytopes, and Cones

Are there readable proofs of the following theorems? A polytope (bounded polyhedron) is the convex hull of a finite set of points. A polyhedral cone is generated by a finite set of vectors. That is ...
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What is the Coxeter diagram for?

I understand that Coxeter diagrams are supposed to communicate something about the structure of symmetry groups of polyhedra, but I am baffled about what that something is, or why the Coxeter ...
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Polyhedra having equal quadrilateral faces are cubes?

While discussing with my 11 y.o. daughter about the definition of a cube as regular hexahedron, I observed that actually we can let drop the assumption that the faces are squares, and require only ...
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showing that all convex polehedron graphs are 3-connected

I'm trying to figure out how to show that two nonadjacent vertices in the graph of a convex polyhedron can be disconnected from one another by the removal of at least three vertices. I know what a ...
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Is this a polyhedron?

Is $S$ a polyhedron? $$S=\{x\in\mathbb{R}^n|\|x-x_0\|\le\|x-x_1\|\}$$ where $x_0, x_1$ are given. $S$ is the set of points that are closer to $x_0$ than to $x_1$. I was thinking the ...
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Showing that this family of vectors generates $\mathbb{R}^n$

Suppose that: $$\{x\in\mathbb{R}^n\mid a_i^Tx\le b_i, i=1,2,\dots,m\}=\{x\in\mathbb{R}^n\mid g_j^Tx\le h_j, j=1,2,\dots,k\}$$ How can I show that if the vectors $a_1,\dots,a_m$ span $\mathbb{R}^n$ ...
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How to name/call this polyhedron?

How to name/call this polyhedron? What's a general method for finding the scientific name of a polyhedron?
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Polyhedron's Representations and spanning the Euclidian space

Let's say you have to different representations of the same polyhedron $P\neq \emptyset$: $$P=\{x\in \mathbb{R}^n\;|\;h_i^Tx\leq c_i, i=1,...,k \} =\{x\in \mathbb{R}^n\;|\;g_j^Tx\leq d_i, j=1,...,l ...
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Proving faces of polyhedron

let $F(k)$ be the number of faces of a convex polyhedron with k edges how can we prove that $F(k) > 1$ for some $k$? I know Euler's Formula for Polyhedra: $V-E+F=2$, and $\sum k\,F(k) = 2E$. ...
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Does a polyhedron with 7 hexagons and 20 pentagons exist?

A beautiful polyhedron with 20 hexagons and 60 pentagons can be seen here: http://robertlovespi.wordpress.com/2013/11/03/a-polyhedron-with-80-faces/ . Euler formula and the corresponding Diophantine ...
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Does a polyhedron with 16 quadrilateral faces exist?

I have just seen here the picture of a polyhedron with 15 quadrilateral faces. In some lists of polyhedra a big variety of quadrilateral sides can be found (12, 13, 15, 18, 20,...) but the number 16 ...
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Making a convex polyhedron with two sheets of paper

Suppose that we have two sheets of paper $S,T$ and that each of $S,T$ is in the shape of a convex quadrilateral. Also, suppose that the length of the perimeter of $S$ equals that of $T$. (Note that ...
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Construct polyhedron from edge lengths

I'm interested in the following problem: I am given the combinatorial structure (vertices, edges, faces) and edge lengths of a polyhedron. From this I'd like to infer the vertex positions. Now, I ...
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traversing faces of a polyhedron Hamiltonian Tour?

I wanted to know if I could start at one point on an icosahedron and traverse to all the others sequentially without visiting any one twice, which I assume I could model as a Hamiltonian path in a ...
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Cleverest construction of a dodecahedron / icosahedron?

One can show, as an elementary application of Euler's formula, that there are at most five regular convex polytopes in 3-space. The tetrahedra, cube, and octohedra all admit very intuitive ...
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Extension of dihedral group to higher dimensions

The dihedral group $D_{2n} = \{x, y \mid x^2=y^n=yxyx=1\}$ is tied with the symmetries of the regular polygon on a plane. What is the natural extension to higher dimension? For instance, in $3$D, does ...
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The exact type of my 3d model

I have reconstructed vertical features (hole like objects lie on a vertical face) lie on two connected faces. To understand the situation, I say I have 2 walls with many windows and doors on ...
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Equation on the vertices of regular polyhedra

I found in this book, on page 6 that the equation on vertices of icosahedron inscribed in sphere considered as $\mathbb{CP}^1$ by means of stereographic projection is $xy(x^{10}+14x^5y^5-y^{10})=0$. ...
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Probability that a $n$-dimensional Gaussian falls into a half-space

For $a \in \mathbb{R}_{\ge 0}^d$ and $b \in \mathbb{R}_{\ge 0}$, we can define a half-space as the set of points $x \in \mathbb{R}^d$ such that $a \cdot x \le b$, namely, $$\mathcal{H}(a,b) = \{x \in ...
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Is projection of a convex polyhedron on a plane a convex polygon?

If we have a convex polyhedron with vertices $\mathbf{V}$ and project it on a plane $\mathbf{P}$, is this procedure equivalent to projecting points in $\mathbf{V}$ on the plane $\mathbf{P}$ and then ...
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Consistent formula for Regular Polyhedral Volumes

Back in high school I re-discovered the formula for regular polygonal areas like so: $$A = nx^2\frac{\cot(\pi/n)}{4}$$ Where $A$ was the area of the regular polygon, $n$ was the number of sides and ...
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Elegant proof of icosohedron property

This problem was question A1 on the 2013 Putnam contest. Is there a better way to solve this problem than just using pigeonhole principle? Specifically, is there a group theoretic way to interpret ...
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What do you call a convex polyhedron whose symmetry group is transitive on the facets?

I'd like to know a name/source for the following concept: Let $P$ be a convex polyhedron in $\mathbb{R}^3$. Let $G$ be its symmetry group, and let $F$ be the collection of (top-dimensional) faces of ...
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Symmetries of a dodecahedron

Suppose we want to measure order of the group symmetries of a dodecahedron, and we know that If $G$ is a group and $S$ is a set on which $G$ acts and $s\in S$, then Order of G=(Order of stabiliser of ...
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Geometrically, what is the difference between a “flat face” and a “non-flat” face?

I was curious when I was checking sites like MathisFun, and I came across a pretty unclear system that defines a "flat face" and as a "non-curving" face of a shape; a polyhedron. However, I have to ...
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Stereographic projection of the icosahedron and snub cube?

Using a steoreographic projection, the three equations associated with the icosahedron with unit circumradius, inradius, and midradius (respectively) are, $$f=z^{20} - 228z^{15} + 494z^{10} + 228z^5 ...
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Coordinates of the Vertices of a Goldberg Polyhedron

I'd like to be able to generate visualizations of the pentagon Goldberg Polyhedra from scratch (i.e. I'm looking for the math, not a software library or package to do this). I can generate truncated ...
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Linear isoparametrics with dual finite elements

The subject presented here is some content of the Wikipedia page about Platonic solids combined with my own experience on Finite Elements.To start with the latter, there is a standard piece of Finite ...
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Can I specify the edge lengths of a simplicial polyhedron?

Let $X$ be a convex polyhedron in $\mathbb{R}^3$ whose faces are all triangles, and let $\ell$ be a function which assigns a positive real number to each edge of $X$. We say that $\ell$ is realizable ...
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Generalization of sum of angles to polyhedra?

The sum of interior angles of a polygon is (n-2)*180. Is there a similar statement for the sum of the solid angles of a polyhedra? Is there any non-trivial relationship, $f(\alpha,\beta,...)=0$, ...
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Dodecahedron: How do we get the distance between 2 opposite faces?

I am deciphering a CSS code that Ana Tudor Maria has done. http://codepen.io/thebabydino/pen/qIfbL In her example, she has a formula that calculates the distance between 2 opposite faces. I have no ...
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How to find that Dehn invariant of a dodecahedron?

What is the Dehn invariant of a regular dodecahedron with center (0,0,0), and radius 1?
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Proving that a polynomial about the volume of a tetrahedron is irreducible

We know that the volume of a tetrahedron $ABCD$ can be represented as ...
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categorical description of the Minkowski sum of polytopes

Consider the category $\textbf{Poly}$ of polytopes, where the objects are convex hulls of finite subsets of $\mathbb{R}^d$ for arbitrary $d \in \mathbb{N}$ and where the morphisms are affine maps ...