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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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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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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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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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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 sphere?...
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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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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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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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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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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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Finding generators of toric ideals

Consider the affine toric variety $V \subset k^{5}$ parametrized by $$\Phi(s,t,u) = (s^{4},t^{4},u^{4},s^{8}u,t^{12}u^{3}) \in k^{5}$$ where k is an algebraically closed field of characteristic 2. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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can a convex polygon have only one boundary point at locally maximum distance from its centroid?

It's easy to see that given any convex polygon P and any point c in its interior, there is at least one point m on the boundary of P at locally maximum distance from c: simply choose m to be a vertex ...
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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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Any other Caltrops?

This question has been edited. The regular tetrahedron is a caltrop. When it lands on a face, one vertex points straight up, ready to jab the foot of anyone stepping on it. Define a caltrop as a ...
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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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Lower bound on the number of faces of a polyhedron of genus g

Is there a lower bound on the number of faces of a polyhedron of topological genus g? For example: it seems very reasonable that $g$ < $F$ i.e. the genus of a polehydron is less than the number ...
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Polyhedra from number fields

A question on the disnub mentions golden ($x^2-x-1=0$) gives the dodecahedron + much more. tribonacci ($x^3-x^2-x-1=0$) gives the snub cube. plastic ($x^3-x-1=0$) gives the snub ...
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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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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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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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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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What is circumradius $R$ of the great disnub dirhombidodecahedron, or Skilling's figure?

The vertices of a uniform polyhedron all lie on a sphere. Out of curiosity, I looked at the circumradius $R$ of the $75$ polyhedra (non-prism) in the list (which assumed side $a=1$). For irrational ...
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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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Asymptotic bounds on the number of faces needed to construct a polyhedron of a certain genus

Let a polyhedron be a solid in three dimensions with flat polygonal faces, straight edges and sharp corners or vertices, where moreover we require that every edge touches exactly two faces, every ...
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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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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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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 $V=13, E=36, F=32$....
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Faster Algorithms for Convex Hulls

I was interested in the following: Given two polyhedra $P_1, P_2$ specified in the form: $$ P_1 = {x : A_1x \le b_1 } $$ $$ P_2 = {x : A_2x \le b_2 } $$ Whereas $ x \in R^n$ and $b_1, b_2$ are ...
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maximal volume/diameter of polyhedron

I am trying to develop an integral in $R^n$ and I am faced with the following problem: Given a polyhedron $P$ in $R^n$ of diameter d, define the "compactness" of $P$ as the quotient of the volume of $...
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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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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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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 ...
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How many face we could make regular convex polyhedron

I want to tile the sphere as many face as possible. And I want every face be the same size and shape. Is it possible to generate more than 100 or 1000 faces of regular convex polyhedron?