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Height of a tetrahedron

How do I calculate the height of a regular tetrahedron having 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 ...
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Angle between lines joining tetrahedron center to vertices

What are the angles formed at the center of a tetrahedron if you draw lines to the vertices? I'm trying to make these: I need to know what angles to bend the metal.
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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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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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Decomposable Families of Shapes

There are two types of golden triangles in the world, as shown in the following picture: Here $\varphi = \dfrac{1+\sqrt{5}}{2}$ denotes the golden ratio. Each of these golden triangles can be ...
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How many $n$-colorings up to rotation using exactly 2 of each color are there on a $2n$-polyhedron?

I'm a high-school student and I stumbled across a YouTube video explaining how Rubik's cubes work. A Rubik's cube has 6 colors, one for each side, but I started thinking about ways to $n$-color the ...
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Maximal volume for given surface area of an $n$-hedron

Is there a term for a polyhedron with $n$ faces (or, similarly, $n$ vertices) that maximises the enclosed volume for a given surface area (equivalently, minimises the surface area for a given volume)? ...
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Is the Euler characteristic $\chi =2$ for the prism with a hole?

I keep getting $\chi=2$ for the solid in the picture. It's a prism with a hole joining two opposite sides. I remember reading that $\chi=0$ for such solids. Help me find my error. I'd appreciate if ...
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What are the vertices of a regular tetrahedron embeded in a sphere of radius R

Imagine you had a sphere of radius R centered at the origin. What are the coordinates of the vertices of the regular tetrahedron which is circumscribed by the sphere? One of the vertices of the ...
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Calculate Spherical Distance between points

I have googled this and not come up with an answer yet, but basically, I'm trying to find out the distance between each point or vertice on a sphere (all points are evenly spaced). I already know this ...
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Why are there 12 pentagons and 20 hexagons on a soccer ball?

Edge-attaching many hexagons results in a plane. Edge-attaching pentagons yields a dodecahedron. Is there some insight into why the alternation of pentagons and hexagons yields an approximated ...
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Calculating the probability of a coin falling on its side

A classical example that's given for probability exercises is coin flipping. Generally it is accepted that there are two possible outcomes which are heads or tails. However, it is possible in the real ...
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What property of certain regular polygons allows them to be faces of the Platonic Solids?

It appears to me that only Triangles, Squares, and Pentagons are able to "tessellate" (is that the proper word in this context?) to become regular 3D convex polytopes. What property of those regular ...
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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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Floret Tessellation of a Sphere

I'm a programmer looking to create a 3D model of a Floret Tessellation of a sphere, like the one in this picture Class III 8,11 floret planar net (source) If anyone could point me in the right ...
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How to prove there are exactly eight convex deltahedra?

A deltahedron is a polyhedron whose faces are equilateral triangles. It is well-known that there are exactly eight convex deltahedra, and it is easy to find out that this was first proved by ...
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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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Mappings preserving convex polyhedra

It is known that linear mappings between euclidean spaces map convex polyhedra to convex polyhedra. Can you give a characterization of the class of mappings that preserve convex polyhedra?
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What hexahedra have faces with areas of exactly 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 units?

I tried for a while, not very hard, to construct a polyhedron with exactly six faces, whose areas were respectively 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 units. I did not meet with any success. Still, it seems that ...
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Tetrahedron volume

How to calculate volume of tetrahedron given lengths of all it's edges?
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Can a tetrahedron lying completely inside another tetrahedron have a larger sum of edge lengths?

Find 2 tetrahedrons $ABCD$ and $EFGH$ such that $EFGH$ lies completely inside $ABCD$. The sum of edge lengths of $EFGH$ is strictly greater than the sum of edge lengths of $ABCD$. I am completely ...
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Geodesics on a polyhedron

Which sequences of adjacent edges of a polyhedron could be considered to be a geodesic? The edges of a face most surely will not, but the "equator" of the octahedron eventually will. But for what ...
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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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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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Name of this convex polyhedron?

Does anyone recognize / know the name of the convex polyhedron depicted below as the intersection of a Cuboctahedron and a Rhombicdodecahedron? Please note you have to interpret this picture and ...
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What is the minimal isoperimetric ratio of a polyhedron with $5$ vertices?

I'm asking and answering this question to provide a partial answer to this question and a comment on this answer at MO. The isoperimetric ratio $\mu$ of a solid is the ratio $A^3/V^2$, where $A$ is ...
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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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Calculate polyhedra vertices based on faces

I have some origami polyhedra which I know the type of faces it has and how they are connected (such as this torus) and I want to calculate the co-ordinates of the vertices to use as an input to ...
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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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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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convex polyhedron edge property

I have a convex polyhedron (with integral nodes). I only calculate in euclidian spaces. Let N be the set of nodes, c the center (arithmetic mean) of the polyhedron. I now want to determine if a line ...
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The set of distances between three points chosen with uniform probability on a finite interval

I pick three numbers $(x_1, x_2, x_3)$, where the value each $x_i$ is a real number selected with uniform probability on the interval $[J, K]$. I then plot a point in three-dimensions where {$x, y, ...
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Convex polyhedron with five, six, or seven vertices at distinct corners of a cube

What are the names of the convex polyhedron with five, six, or seven vertices, where all vertices lie at distinct corners of a cube? I'm particularly interested in the five vertex case.
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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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Inequality for each $a, b, c, d$ being each area of four faces of a tetrahedron

We know 'triangle inequality'. I'm interested in the generalization of this inequality. Here is my question. Question: How can we represent a necessary and sufficient condition for each positive ...
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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 ...