Changing Hexecontahedron

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The rhombic hexecontahedron consists of 20 acute golden rhombohedra. Its symmetry group is icosahedral, so there are 15 axes of 2-fold rotational symmetry. Two points where an axis of -fold rotational symmetry punctures the surface of a polyhedron are called -poles. So the hexecontahedron has 30 2-poles, which are shown in the controls. Choosing from them using the numbered buttons, you can replace two acute rhombohedra that are adjacent to a 2-pole by two obtuse rhombohedra, or alternatively, you can augment the polyhedron by two obtuse rhombohedra. When you click a number, the buttons that correspond to adjacent 2-poles disappear, because these poles are no longer in play. This Demonstration also shows four prepared examples.

Contributed by: Izidor Hafner (August 2014)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA




[1] P. R. Cromwell, Polyhedra, Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1997.

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