What is a polyhedron?
First we define a polygon. This is a flat area surrounded by straight lines
A Polyhedron is the 3-dimensional version of a polygon.
It is made by joining polygons along their edges. For example six squares
can be joined to form a cube:
Other examples of polyhedra can be found here.
There are many books on polyhedra; here is a list
of some of the ones we have used.
Why are Polyhedra useful?
Most containers that we use today are polyhedra - usually cuboids which have
six rectangular faces. However all that is really needed is that the
container is closed (it has an inside and an outside) and other
types of polyhedra can make attractive boxes. You can design these using
our programs, send them to !Draw and decorate
them with Clipart before cutting out the 2-dimensional form and folding it
and glueing it to make a box. You can download some examples here. In particular, there are some boxes to make in the shapes of the 7 crystal classes.
- Condensed matter and materials science
- Studies of symmetry
- Mathematical recreation
You can create any number of new polyhedra using our
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