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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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Biggest Little Polyhedron

The Biggest Little Polygon problem asks for the polygon with greatest area where the largest diameter is 1. Let's add a dimension and find the largest volumes. What is the biggest little polyhedron ...
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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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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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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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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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Are there 3D tilings of a 3D projective hyperplane or 3-sphere?

I noticed that pentagons tile the projective plane (a spherical dodecahedron). Something they do not do on a flat euclidean plane. Is there analogous 3D tilings (honeycombs) of a 3D projective ...
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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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Icosahedron and inscribed cube

We can inscribe a cube in dodecahedron (see this), where $12$ faces of dodecahedron give the $12$ edges of the cube. Can we inscribe cube in icosahedron?
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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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Relative side lengths of dual dodecahedron and icosahedron

If the side length of a dodecahedron=1, then what is the side length of its dual icosahedron whose vertices occupy the same space as the mid-points of the faces of the dodecahedron. I've read that ...
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Minimum and maximum diagonal of a dodecahedron

Let $s$ be the edge length of a regular dodecahedron. As a function of $s$, what is the dodecahedron's minimum and maximum diagonal (i.e. cross-section)?
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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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How to find the maximum diagonal length inside a dodecahedron?

I am trying to find the maximum length of a diagonal inside a dodecahedron with a side length of $2.319914107\times10^{89}$ meters. I am not sure if any other information than that is needed, if it ...
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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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Demi dodecahedron - what is it?

What is a demi dodecahedron? I have not been able to find the geometry of a demi dodecahedron. From latin, what makes a polygon a demi dodecahedron? Can a demi dodecahedron possibly contain 9 faces? ...
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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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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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Coloring dodecahedron

I found some months ago that there are the Polya's enumeration theorem to compute number of colorings of dodecahedron. I got interested to find how to show by using only Burnside's lemma that there ...
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Angles between two vertices on a dodecahedron

Say $20$ points are placed across a spherical planet, and they are all spaced evenly, forming the vertices of a dodecahedron. I would like to calculate the distances between the points, but that ...
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Instrinsic definition of concave and convex polyhedron

Is it possible to distinguish a concave polyhedron from a convex one by mesurements made only on its surface, without a reference to the 3d space around it?
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Relationship between angles in tetrahedron

Let's say I have a tetrahedron like this in image: Are the angles $\angle CAD$ and $\angle CBD$ equal in a general tetrahedron?
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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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Icosahedron coordinates

Wikipedia says (link)that cartesian coordinates of icosahedron are: (0, ±1, ± φ) (±1, ± φ, 0) (± φ, 0, ±1) Where φ = (1 + √5) / 2 is golden ratio ≈ 1.618. I ...
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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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Is an unit-cube polyhedron? What about other platonic solids?

Definitions According to my linear programming course and screenshot here (Finnish), a polyhedron is such that it can be constrained by a finite amount of inequalities such that $$P=\{\bar x\in ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Height of a tetrahedron

How do I calculate: The height of a regular tetrahedron, side length 1. Just to be completely clear, by height I mean if you placed the shape on a table, how high up would the highest point be from ...
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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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Space-filling polyhedra (or honeycomb) survey?

Is there a survey anywhere of space-filling polyhedra? MathWorld's article, space-filling polyhedron, mentions about 400 being seen in pre-1981 books and papers. Wikipedia mentions 28 convex uniform ...
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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 ...