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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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3D picture of the 38-sided Engel space-filling polyhedron

On page 220 of Peter Engel's Geometric Crystallography, he describes a 38-sided convex polyhedron that can fill space. I've seen this this accepted as the record in various places, but I've never ...
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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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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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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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How would you make a (physical) dodecahedron with edges instead of faces?

Call this a "math problem disguised as a woodworking problem" or vice versa. Background: You can construct a dodecahedron by cutting 12 identical, regular pentagon faces, beveling all the edges of ...
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Chebyshev center = center of mass?

I would like to know for which convex polyhedra $P$ in $\mathbb{R}^3$, is the center of the largest sphere enclosed in $P$ (a.k.a. the Chebyshev center, or the incenter) the same as the center of ...
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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 $A_5$ 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 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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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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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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Number of distinct nets of dual polyhedra

There are 11 non-congruent nets of a cube as well as 11 distinct nets of an octahedron. Both a dodecahedron and an icosahedron have 43380 distinct nets. Is it true that any pair of dual convex ...
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Three-dimensional art galleries

The well-known art gallery problem starts with an "art gallery" (a simple polygon in the plane, not necessarily convex) and asks for the minimum number of "guards" (points on the polygon) required to ...
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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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insphere/circumsphere ratio of a polyhedron the same as its dual polyhedron?

Is the $r/R$ ratio for any polyhedron always the same as the $r/R$ ratio of the dual of that polyhedron? Given any polyhedron, we can find the biggest sphere that fits inside it (its insphere) and ...
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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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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 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 cut a cube into an icosahedron?

Edit: Originally I asked this about a using a cube, but it is not a requirement to start with a cube, just how to end up with an icosahedron as on of the answers showed how to make dodecahedron a ...
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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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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 can't a perpetual motion polyhedron exist?

I've been thinking about polyhedrons, when placed on a table on a certain face, will tip over and keep tipping over infinitely. I'm trying to prove mathematically that such a polyhedron doesn't exist. ...
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Regular Polyhedrons

In $\mathbb{R}^3$, there are five regular polyhedrons (up to similarity), and can be parametrized by number of vertices, edges and faces. What is the number of regular polyhedrons in $\mathbb{R}^n$, ...
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Tetrahedron inside a sphere

What's the largest regular tetrahedron (side length x) you can fit inside a sphere with a radius of one?
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Is it possible to inscribe a regular tetrahedron in every convex body?

Is it possible to inscribe at least one regular tetrahedron in every convex body?
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Is there such a thing as the “edge-face dual” of a polyhedron, and is the “edge-face dual” of a cube a rhombic dodecahedron?

The dual of a polyhedron is a polyhedron where the vertices of one correspond to the faces of the other, and vice versa. Is there always a similar correspondence between a pair of polyhedra where the ...
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Can I specify the edge lengths of a simplicial polyhedron?

Let $X$ be a convex polyhedron in $\mathbb{R}^3$ whose faces are all triangles, and let $\ell$ be a function which assigns a positive real number to each edge of $X$. We say that $\ell$ is realizable ...
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Platonic Solids

It´s a theorem that there exist only five platonic solids ( up to similarity). I was searching some proofs of this, but I could not. I want to see some proof of this, specially one that uses ...
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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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Has anyone discovered a convex space-filling 15-faced polyhedron?

I've been looking for extensive surveys regarding space-filling polyhedra, but have only come across Michael Goldbergs "Convex polyhedral space-fillers of more than twelve faces" from 1979, stating ...
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Is There a Formalization of Cauchy's $F - E+V = 2$ proof?

Can anyone provide, or direct me to a formalized version of Cauchy's proof that for any convex polyhedron with $F$ faces, $E$ edges and $V$ vertices that $F - E + V = 2$. I am willing to accept the ...
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Conventional ordering of faces of regular polyhedron?

e.g. For an icosahedron defined as follows: Diagram: A regular icosahedron (courtesy of Microsoft Visio): We define position and orientation w.r.t. this body's frame of reference as follows: ...
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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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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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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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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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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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volume of polyhedra which correspond to icosahedral fullerenes

There is, I believe, a sequence of polyhedra whose shape approaches that of the icosahedron (they all have twelve pentagonal faces and the rest hexagons), and starts: regular dodecahedron (C$_{12}$, ...
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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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Which unfolding of an icosahedron has the least number of edges to be glued?

Does every unfolding of an icosahedron has the same number of edges to be glued to construct it back to the solid? If yes, what are those numbers for Platonic solids? If no, which unfoldings have the ...
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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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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 ...