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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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The smallest 8 cubes to cover a regular tetrahedron

A regular tetrahedron $T$ of edge-length $\sqrt{2}$ fits inside a unit cube:                     (Image from MathWorld.) This means that $8$ ...
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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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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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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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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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Euler's formula for triangle mesh

Can anyone explain to me these two facts which I don't get from Euler's formula for triangle meshes? First, Euler's formula reads $V - E + F = 2(1-g)$ where $V$ is vertices number, $E$ edges number, ...
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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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Is Paley-13 graph a unit distance graph in 3D space?

The 13-node Paley graph has vertices 1 to 13 that are connected by an edge when their difference is one of the values $(1,3,4,9,10,12)$ Can this graph be put into 3D space so that all edges have ...
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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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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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Tetrahedron volume

How to calculate volume of tetrahedron given lengths of all it's edges?
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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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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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The limit of infinite truncations?

When a regular polyhedron is made to undergo repeated truncations, is there a solid that acts as a kind of limit for this iterated process? That is, say a cube is truncated N times. As N gets larger ...
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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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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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What is the analogon of the hexagonal grid in 3-dimensional space? Rhombic dodecahedral honeycomb?

Conjecture: The optimal way to divide 3-space into pieces of equal volume with the least total surface area is the rhombic dodecahedral honeycomb. Reasoning: "(The rhombic dodecahedral honeycomb) is ...
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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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Looking for polyhedra under two simple but stringent conditionts

I noticed usual polyhedra have some vertices joining exactly 3 edges or some triangular faces (or both). Out of curiosity I started wondering if there is a polyhedron with the following constrains: ...
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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 ...