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Symmetries of Archimedean Solids

There are five platonic solids, and 13/15 (which is correct?) Archimedean Solids. The finite groups of isometries of Euclidean $3$-space are the finite subgroups of $SO(3,\mathbb{R})$ or ...
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Equality of polyhedra

Is a minimal representation for a polyhedron unique? And if so can we use this to prove that two polyhedra are equal (or maybe the same is a better definition).
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Is there any regular polyhedron that is not of Euler characteristic 2

Is there any regular polyhedron that 1. consist of congruent regular polygons as its faces 2. each vertex has same number of adjacent edges but nonetheless not of characteristic 2? (say, torus or ...
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Is Dodecahedron tesselation somehow possible?

In this video (at 3:25) there is an animation of planets inside a dodecahedron matrix (or any data-structure that best fit this 3d mosaic). I tried reproducing it with 12 sided dices, or in Blender, ...
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Proving the upper bound of edges in a convex polyhedron

The question is the following: Suppose Every face of a convex polyhedron has at least $5$ vertices and every vertex has degree $3$. Prove that if the number of vertices is $n$, then the number of ...
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Five Cubes in Dodecahedron

I will demonstrate why the group of rotational symmetries of a Dodecahedron is $A_5$. For that, we have to find five nice objects, on which the group of symmetries acts. One object is "Cubes" ...
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Is there a name for an irregular polyhedron of fourteen sides?

I was given a popup calendar that is cardboard and has 14 sides. The top and bottom are equilateral hexagons and each side of the top hexagon is attached to a trapezoid that widens away from the top ...
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The maximum pentahedron in a sphere

Suppose that there exists a pentahedron in a sphere whose radius is $1$ and that each vertex of the pentahedron can exist on the surface of the sphere. Question : What is the max of the volume of ...
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Relation between edgelengths in a tetrahedron with two right angles and three equal edges

I have got a problem I can't solve myself. I had an attempt, but it's wrong. I was told to draw a grid of this tetrahedron and then it's easier to find a solution (I tried it, but I don't see ...
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On the Formula: $V-E+F=2$

I am looking back at the history of the formula "$V-E+F=2$" for any polyhedron in Euclidean 3-space ($V=$number of vertices; $E=$ number of edges, $F=$ number of faces). Cauchy gave following proof of ...
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P - bounded polyhedron, L - linear map. Show that L(P) is a bounded polyhedron

Let $P = \{x\in \mathbb{R}^n \ | \ Ax\leq b\}$ be a bounded polyhedron. Let $L:\mathbb{R}^n \rightarrow \mathbb{R}^k$ be a linear map. Show that $L(P):=\{L(x)\ | \ x\in P\}$ is a bounded polyhedron. ...
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From Icosahedron to Pentagonal hexecontahedron (Floret Tessellation)

Inspired by this post: Floret Tessellation of a Sphere I tried to transform myself an icosahedron into its simplest Floret tessellation. But I am having trouble when applying the 'method' given in the ...
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Deriving Euler's Polyhedron Equation for middle school/high school students

I've been perusing the 20 proofs, but they all seem to involve graph theory and complexities... How would you derive this simple formula for high school or middle school students? Specifically: ...
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What is a good simple definition or characterization of 'polyhedral space'?

I would like to give a definition of polyhedral space in $\mathbb{R}^n$ that is easy to understand by people that has some Maths knowledge but are neither expert in Calculus nor any other Mathematics ...
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How many $A_5$ are there inside $A_6$?

I am reading a paper that says: There are $12$ versions of $A_5$ in $A_6$: $1) $ the permutations that leave one thing unmoved. $2)$ the permutations of the six pairs of antipodal ...
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Is the Euler characteristc defined wrong? If not, why not?

Ever since learning that $$\chi(S_0\# S_1) = \chi(S_0)+\chi(S_1)-2$$ (where $\chi$ denote the Euler characteristic), I've wondered whether $\chi$ isn't "defined wrong." If we let $\chi' = 2-\chi,$ ...
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How many faces does the resulting polyhedron have?

Take a regular tetrahedron of edge one. Also take a square-based pyramid, whose edges are all one (therefore the side faces are equilateral triangles of same size as the faces of the tetrahedron). ...
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Determining the set of a linear transformation of elements in a polyhedron

I have a set defined by linear inequalities of the form: $X = \{x : Ax \le b\}$. For any $x \in X$, I write $y = Gx$ where $G$ is a matrix (the dimension of $y$ is less than the dimension of $x$). ...
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Prove that a convex $d$-polytope has at least $d+1$ facets

This seems trivial but I can't come up with a formal proof. I think there should be a way to do this inductively but I can't figure out how$\ldots$ Any help much appreciated
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Why does induction procedure of Euler characteristic fail for non-convex polyhedra? What am I missing?

Euler characteristic of convex polyhedra is always $V-E+F=2$. Induction procedure reduces edges and vertices until we are down to one vertex whose $V-E+F=2$ and hence you are done. The same ...
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Proof: Minkowski sum polytope implies A and B polytopes

Suppose $A$ and $B$ are convex sets and their Minkowski sum $A+B$ is a polytope. How do you prove that $A$ and $B$ are polytopes as well?
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Have face-transitive polyhedra been completely classified?

I've been researching polyhedral dice, and everywhere I look it states that face-transitive (and therefore fair) dice include polyhedra of various families, like the platonic solids, catalan solids, ...
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Largest $n$-vertex polyhedron that fits into a unit sphere

In two dimensions, it is not hard to see that the $n$-vertex polygon of maximum area that fits into a unit circle is the regular $n$-gon whose vertices lie on the circle: For any other vertex ...
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Does every polyhedral graph have a path cover with non-empty paths?

I'm looking to prove or disprove the following conjecture: Every polyhedral graph has a path cover with vertex disjoint, non-zero (length $\ge 1$) paths. Any pointers to literature are appreciated. ...
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On the Name of the Amplituhedron

Shouldn't the 'amplituhedron' really be called an 'amplitutope' since it's really a polytope and not strictly a polyhedron?
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Configuration of five or more mutually equidistant points in space.

How is it proved that there is no configuration of five or more mutually equidistant points in $R^3$? Is it done by induction? I'm stuck. Help would be appreciated. Well, surely equilateral ...
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Minkowski sum of two polytopes via the halfspace representation

If i have two polytopes denoted by $P_1, P_2 \subset \mathbb{R}^d$, suppose their halfspace representations are respectively $H_1x \leq K_1$ and $H_2x \leq K_2$. Now, considering their Minkowski sum, ...
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Folding a Given Net into a Polyhedron Automatically!

There are some applications to fold predefined nets into the polyhedra, e.g. "Poly" or this applet. Is there any application which automatically folds any net generated by the user, if possible?
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Find volume of parallelepiped where all faces are rhombuses with edge $a$ and angle $60^\circ$.

Find volume of parallelepiped where all faces are rhombuses with edge $a$ and angle $60^\circ$. I first noticed that $\dfrac{h}a=\sin60^\circ$, so I easly found that height of the rhombus is ...
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Create Platonic solids from the coxeter group (vertexes & edges & faces)

How can one define vertexes, edges and faces from the Coxeter group? For example, for all platonic solids? I would like to create a general function that takes the Coxeter diagram as input, and gives ...
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Discrete Analogue of the Poincaré Conjecture and Simple Connectedness

I apologize if this question is badly worded or obvious, but I have no formal topology background. I have put some effort into trying to find something, but nothing turned up, perhaps due to my lack ...
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Show that every extreme point in Q is either an extreme point of P or a convex combination of two adjacent extreme points of P

P is a bounded polyhedron in $\mathbb{R}^n$, $a$ a vector in $\mathbb{R}^n$, and $b$ some scalar. Define $$Q = {x \in P | a'x = b}$$. Show that every extreme point in Q is either an extreme point of P ...
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Vertices of Polyhedral

Suppose there are matrix $A\in\mathbb{R}^{n \times m}$ and vector $b\in\mathbb{R}^n$. Consider a non-empty polyhedron $P = \{Ax \leq b\} $. Then, there exists a vector $\bar{x}\in P $ such that ...
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Linear programming - Textbook recommendations

Next term, I will attend a course on linear programming. Due to the assignments, we will have to write many thorough proofs. I anticipate that we will be supposed to cope with in-depth background ...
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Symbols to represent each distinct symmetry of polyhedra

Is there a pictorial or symbolic way to represent each distinct symmetry of a polyhedron?
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Visualizing Platonic Solid group symmetries

How do you visualize the rotation symmetries, to classify a icosahedron for example as Ih, H3, [5,3], (*532)
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Drawing a Truncated Octahedron

I'm trying to draw a truncated octahedron in MATLAB. This is also known as a permutahedron so my strategy is to link up all the vertices via adjacent transpositions of permutations in $S_4$. What I ...
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Showing that group of orientation preserving isometries of Icosahedron is a simple group

Let $G$ denote the group of orientation preserving isometries of Icosahedron. To prove the claim, I have shown that $\nexists \ N \ \triangleleft \ G$ such that $|N|=5.$ $\nexists \ N \ ...
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How to locate sphere resting in a corner of a polyhedron?

I am working on an interface to a computational solid geometry program. I would like this program to be able to fillet corners (although fillet sometimes seems to refer to an internally smoothed ...
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Show that Icosahedral group does not have normal subgroup of order 5

Here is my work so far: Let $G$ denote the group of orientation-preserving isometries of Icosahedron. I have shown that $G$ acts transitively on $G/G_s$ where $G_s$ is the isotropy group, namely ...
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Number of faces of a polytopal subdivision

Let $\mathcal{P}$ be a (bounded) polytope in $\mathbb{R}^d$ and let $\mathcal{C}$ be a polytopal subdivision of $\mathcal{P}$ [1]. Is there a known tight upper bound in the number of polytopes in ...
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Maximum number of vertices in intersection of triangle with box

Suppose we have a triangle and a box in 3D. The intersection of the triangle with the (solid) box will be a polygon with some number of vertices (possibly zero). The vertex count will vary according ...
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LP: An algorithm to decide whether a polyhedron is a subst of another polyhedron

I've encountered the following question which I am unable to solve: $$ P = \{\vec x | A\vec x \geq \vec a\} \\ Q = \{\vec x | B\vec x \geq \vec b\}\\ P, Q \subseteq R^n $$ Find an algorithm to ...
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a general definition of the volume of a high dimensional polytope

I would like to find a general definition of the volume for a full dimensional polytope in $R^n$. Could anyone give me a hint please! Thank a lot
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Why is the 24-cell (also called Icositetrachoron or Hyperdiamond) the unique regular convex polychoron which has no direct three-dimensional analog?

The 24-cell is self-dual, and is the unique regular convex polychoron which has no direct three-dimensional analog. http://mathworld.wolfram.com/24-Cell.html I don't understand why that is ...
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Time to roll through subterranean chords

Imagine a spherical airless body. It is small enough that central pressure allows a tunnel to be built from north pole to the south pole. I jump in the tunnel at the north pole and fall to the south ...
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If we inscribed all the 6 regular convex four-dimensional polytopes in a sphere, which one would have the highest volume?

When a dodecahedron is inscribed in a sphere, it occupies more of the sphere's volume (66.49%) than an icosahedron inscribed in the same sphere (60.54%). But what about for the 6 regular convex ...
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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 ...