Need help defining an Octahedron
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- Subject: [mg24635] Need help defining an Octahedron
- From: Bob Harris <nitlion at mindspring.com>
- Date: Fri, 28 Jul 2000 17:24:25 -0400 (EDT)
- Organization: MindSpring Enterprises
- Sender: owner-wri-mathgroup at wolfram.com
Howdy, I'm a novice at Mathematica, and am trying to describe to it a particular octahedron. Any help/suggestions anyone has, I'd be grateful. The object's eight faces are four regular pentagons and four quadrilaterals. A flat diagram of the object, which can be folded and taped to make the surface of the object, is (crudely) shown below (and which must be viewed using a monospaced font, such as Courier New or Monaco). The four pentagons (A, B, C, and D) are strung from left to right in and up/down/up/down pattern; when folded, the lower right edge of D joins the upper left edge of A. The quadrilaterals (E, F, G, and H) then fold down so that, for example, G has common edges with B, C, D, and E. : - . - . : / \ . . / \ . . : / E \ . . / G \ . . : .-----. .-----. . : / \ B / \ D / : / \ / \ / : / A \ / C \ / : . .-----. .-----. : . . \ F / . . \ H / : . . \ / . . \ / : . - . - Beware that the diagram as drawn here misrepresents some of the angles and lengths. In particular, the short sides of the quadrilaterals are longer than they appear; all other side lengths are one unit, but the short side has length about .637 (1-2*sin(pi/5)*cos(2*pi/5), but I'm not positive that this is correct). The three segments from the top of G through the bottom of F (including the BC edge) are *not* colinear. What I want to do is describe this object to Mathematica without me having to figure out where all the vertices end up in three space. I'm looking for Mathematica to (somehow) figure out the <x,y,z> coordinates of each vertex. I'd also like for Mathematica to draw it and rotate it, but I think I can figure out how to do that once I have the vertices. Thanks in advance for any help, Bob Harris P.S. If there is some other tool that would be better suited for this, let me know.