Truncated octahedron | |
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Type | Archimedean solid Uniform polyhedron |
Elements | F = 14, E = 36, V = 24 (? = 2) |
Faces by sides | 6{4}+8{6} |
Conway notation | tO bT |
Schläfli symbols | t{3,4} tr{3,3} or |
t_{0,1}{3,4} or t_{0,1,2}{3,3} | |
Wythoff symbol | 2 4 | 3 3 3 2 | |
Coxeter diagram | |
Symmetry group | O_{h}, B_{3}, [4,3], (*432), order 48 T_{h}, [3,3] and (*332), order 24 |
Rotation group | O, [4,3]^{+}, (432), order 24 |
Dihedral angle | 4-6: arccos(-) = 125°15?51? 6-6: arccos(-) = 109°28?16? |
References | U_{08}, C_{20}, W_{7} |
Properties | Semiregular convex parallelohedron permutohedron |
Colored faces |
4.6.6 (Vertex figure) |
Tetrakis hexahedron (dual polyhedron) |
Net |
In geometry, the truncated octahedron is an Archimedean solid. It has 14 faces (8 regular hexagonal and 6 square), 36 edges, and 24 vertices. Since each of its faces has point symmetry the truncated octahedron is a zonohedron. It is also the Goldberg polyhedron G_{IV}(1,1), containing square and hexagonal faces. Like the cube, it can tessellate (or "pack") 3-dimensional space, as a permutohedron.
The truncated octahedron was called the "mecon" by Buckminster Fuller.^{[1]}
Its dual polyhedron is the tetrakis hexahedron.
If the original truncated octahedron has unit edge length, its dual tetrakis cube has edge lengths and .
A truncated octahedron is constructed from a regular octahedron with side length 3a by the removal of six right square pyramids, one from each point. These pyramids have both base side length (a) and lateral side length (e) of a, to form equilateral triangles. The base area is then a^{2}. Note that this shape is exactly similar to half an octahedron or Johnson solid J_{1}.
From the properties of square pyramids, we can now find the slant height, s, and the height, h, of the pyramid:
The volume, V, of the pyramid is given by:
Because six pyramids are removed by truncation, there is a total lost volume of a^{3}.
The truncated octahedron has five special orthogonal projections, centered, on a vertex, on two types of edges, and two types of faces: Hexagon, and square. The last two correspond to the B_{2} and A_{2}Coxeter planes.
Centered by | Vertex | Edge 4-6 |
Edge 6-6 |
Face Square |
Face Hexagon |
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Wireframe | |||||
Dual | |||||
Projective symmetry |
[2] | [2] | [2] | [4] | [6] |
The truncated octahedron can also be represented as a spherical tiling, and projected onto the plane via a stereographic projection. This projection is conformal, preserving angles but not areas or lengths. Straight lines on the sphere are projected as circular arcs on the plane.
square-centered |
hexagon-centered | |
Orthographic projection | Stereographic projections |
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Orthogonal projection in bounding box (±2,±2,±2) |
Truncated octahedron with hexagons replaced by 6 coplanar triangles. There are 8 new vertices at: (±1,±1,±1). | Truncated octahedron subdivided into as a topological rhombic triacontahedron |
All permutations of (0, ±1, ±2) are Cartesian coordinates of the vertices of a truncated octahedron of edge length a = √ 2 centered at the origin. The vertices are thus also the corners of 12 rectangles whose long edges are parallel to the coordinate axes.
The edge vectors have Cartesian coordinates and permutations of these. The face normals (normalized cross products of edges that share a common vertex) of the 6 square faces are , and . The face normals of the 8 hexagonal faces are . The dot product between pairs of two face normals is the cosine of the dihedral angle between adjacent faces, either - or -. The dihedral angle is approximately 1.910633 radians (109.471° ) at edges shared by two hexagons or 2.186276 radians (125.263° ) at edges shared by a hexagon and a square.
The truncated octahedron can be dissected into a central octahedron, surrounded by 8 triangular cupola on each face, and 6 square pyramids above the vertices.^{[2]}
Removing the central octahedron and 2 or 4 triangular cupola creates two Stewart toroids, with dihedral and tetrahedral symmetry:
The truncated octahedron can also be represented by even more symmetric coordinates in four dimensions: all permutations of (1, 2, 3, 4) form the vertices of a truncated octahedron in the three-dimensional subspace . Therefore, the truncated octahedron is the permutohedron of order 4: each vertex corresponds to a permutation of (1, 2, 3, 4) and each edge represents a single pairwise swap of two elements.
The area A and the volume V of a truncated octahedron of edge length a are:
There are two uniform colorings, with tetrahedral symmetry and octahedral symmetry, and two 2-uniform coloring with dihedral symmetry as a truncated triangular antiprism. The construcational names are given for each. Their Conway polyhedron notation is given in parentheses.
1-uniform | 2-uniform | ||
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O_{h}, [4,3], (*432) Order 48 |
T_{d}, [3,3], (*332) Order 24 |
D_{4h}, [4,2], (*422) Order 16 |
D_{3d}, [2^{+},6], (2*3) Order 12 |
122 coloring |
123 coloring |
122 & 322 colorings |
122 & 123 colorings |
Truncated octahedron (tO) |
Bevelled tetrahedron (bT) |
Truncated square bipyramid (tdP4) |
Truncated triangular antiprism (tA3) |
The truncated octahedron exists in the structure of the faujasite crystals.
The truncated octahedron (in fact, the generalized truncated octahedron) appears in the error analysis of quantization index modulation (QIM) in conjunction with repetition coding.^{[3]}
The truncated octahedron is one of a family of uniform polyhedra related to the cube and regular octahedron.
Uniform octahedral polyhedra | ||||||||||
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Symmetry: [4,3], (*432) | [4,3]^{+} (432) |
[1^{+},4,3] = [3,3] (*332) |
[3^{+},4] (3*2) | |||||||
{4,3} | t{4,3} | r{4,3} r{3^{1,1}} |
t{3,4} t{3^{1,1}} |
{3,4} {3^{1,1}} |
rr{4,3} s_{2}{3,4} |
tr{4,3} | sr{4,3} | h{4,3} {3,3} |
h_{2}{4,3} t{3,3} |
s{3,4} s{3^{1,1}} |
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Duals to uniform polyhedra | ||||||||||
V4^{3} | V3.8^{2} | V(3.4)^{2} | V4.6^{2} | V3^{4} | V3.4^{3} | V4.6.8 | V3^{4}.4 | V3^{3} | V3.6^{2} | V3^{5} |
It also exists as the omnitruncate of the tetrahedron family:
Family of uniform tetrahedral polyhedra | |||||||
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Symmetry: [3,3], (*332) | [3,3]^{+}, (332) | ||||||
{3,3} | t{3,3} | r{3,3} | t{3,3} | {3,3} | rr{3,3} | tr{3,3} | sr{3,3} |
Duals to uniform polyhedra | |||||||
V3.3.3 | V3.6.6 | V3.3.3.3 | V3.6.6 | V3.3.3 | V3.4.3.4 | V4.6.6 | V3.3.3.3.3 |
*n32 symmetry mutations of omnitruncated tilings: 4.6.2n | ||||||||||||
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Sym. *n32 [n,3] |
Spherical | Euclid. | Compact hyperb. | Paraco. | Noncompact hyperbolic | |||||||
*232 [2,3] |
*332 [3,3] |
*432 [4,3] |
*532 [5,3] |
*632 [6,3] |
*732 [7,3] |
*832 [8,3] |
*∞32 [∞,3] |
[12i,3] |
[9i,3] |
[6i,3] |
[3i,3] | |
Figures | ||||||||||||
Config. | 4.6.4 | 4.6.6 | 4.6.8 | 4.6.10 | 4.6.12 | 4.6.14 | 4.6.16 | 4.6.∞ | 4.6.24i | 4.6.18i | 4.6.12i | 4.6.6i |
Duals | ||||||||||||
Config. | V4.6.4 | V4.6.6 | V4.6.8 | V4.6.10 | V4.6.12 | V4.6.14 | V4.6.16 | V4.6.∞ | V4.6.24i | V4.6.18i | V4.6.12i | V4.6.6i |
*nn2 symmetry mutations of omnitruncated tilings: 4.2n.2n | ||||||||||||||
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Symmetry *nn2 [n,n] |
Spherical | Euclidean | Compact hyperbolic | Paracomp. | ||||||||||
*222 [2,2] |
*332 [3,3] |
*442 [4,4] |
*552 [5,5] |
*662 [6,6] |
*772 [7,7] |
*882 [8,8]... |
*∞∞2 [∞,∞] | |||||||
Figure | ||||||||||||||
Config. | 4.4.4 | 4.6.6 | 4.8.8 | 4.10.10 | 4.12.12 | 4.14.14 | 4.16.16 | 4.∞.∞ | ||||||
Dual | ||||||||||||||
Config. | V4.4.4 | V4.6.6 | V4.8.8 | V4.10.10 | V4.12.12 | V4.14.14 | V4.16.16 | V4.∞.∞ |
This polyhedron is a member of a sequence of uniform patterns with vertex figure (4.6.2p) and Coxeter-Dynkin diagram . For p < 6, the members of the sequence are omnitruncated polyhedra (zonohedra), shown below as spherical tilings. For p > 6, they are tilings of the hyperbolic plane, starting with the truncated triheptagonal tiling.
The truncated octahedron is topologically related as a part of sequence of uniform polyhedra and tilings with vertex figures n.6.6, extending into the hyperbolic plane:
*n32 symmetry mutation of truncated tilings: n.6.6 | ||||||||||||
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Sym. *n42 [n,3] |
Spherical | Euclid. | Compact | Parac. | Noncompact hyperbolic | |||||||
*232 [2,3] |
*332 [3,3] |
*432 [4,3] |
*532 [5,3] |
*632 [6,3] |
*732 [7,3] |
*832 [8,3]... |
*∞32 [∞,3] |
[12i,3] | [9i,3] | [6i,3] | ||
Truncated figures |
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Config. | 2.6.6 | 3.6.6 | 4.6.6 | 5.6.6 | 6.6.6 | 7.6.6 | 8.6.6 | ∞.6.6 | 12i.6.6 | 9i.6.6 | 6i.6.6 | |
n-kis figures |
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Config. | V2.6.6 | V3.6.6 | V4.6.6 | V5.6.6 | V6.6.6 | V7.6.6 | V8.6.6 | V∞.6.6 | V12i.6.6 | V9i.6.6 | V6i.6.6 |
The truncated octahedron is topologically related as a part of sequence of uniform polyhedra and tilings with vertex figures 4.2n.2n, extending into the hyperbolic plane:
*n42 symmetry mutation of truncated tilings: 4.2n.2n | |||||||||||
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Symmetry *n42 [n,4] |
Spherical | Euclidean | Compact hyperbolic | Paracomp. | |||||||
*242 [2,4] |
*342 [3,4] |
*442 [4,4] |
*542 [5,4] |
*642 [6,4] |
*742 [7,4] |
*842 [8,4]... |
*∞42 [∞,4] | ||||
Truncated figures |
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Config. | 4.4.4 | 4.6.6 | 4.8.8 | 4.10.10 | 4.12.12 | 4.14.14 | 4.16.16 | 4.∞.∞ | |||
n-kis figures |
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Config. | V4.4.4 | V4.6.6 | V4.8.8 | V4.10.10 | V4.12.12 | V4.14.14 | V4.16.16 | V4.∞.∞ |
The truncated octahedron (bitruncated cube), is first in a sequence of bitruncated hypercubes:
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Name | Bitruncated cube | Bitruncated tesseract | Bitruncated 5-cube | Bitruncated 6-cube | Bitruncated 7-cube | Bitruncated 8-cube | |
Coxeter | |||||||
Vertex figure | ( )v{ } |
{ }v{ } |
{ }v{3} |
{ }v{3,3} |
{ }v{3,3,3} | { }v{3,3,3,3} |
The truncated octahedron exists in three different convex uniform honeycombs (space-filling tessellations):
The cell-transitive bitruncated cubic honeycomb can also be seen as the Voronoi tessellation of the body-centered cubic lattice. The truncated octahedron is one of five three-dimensional primary parallelohedra.
sculpture in Bonn
Rubik's Cube variant
model made with Polydron construction set
Pyrite crystal
Truncated octahedral graph | |
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3-fold symmetric Schlegel diagram | |
Vertices | 24 |
Edges | 36 |
Automorphisms | 48 |
Chromatic number | 2 |
Book thickness | 3 |
Queue number | 2 |
Properties | Cubic, Hamiltonian, regular, zero-symmetric |
Table of graphs and parameters |
In the mathematical field of graph theory, a truncated octahedral graph is the graph of vertices and edges of the truncated octahedron, one of the Archimedean solids. It has 24 vertices and 36 edges, and is a cubic Archimedean graph.^{[4]} It has book thickness 3 and queue number 2.^{[5]}
As a Hamiltonian cubic graph, it can be represented by LCF notation in multiple ways: [3, -7, 7, -3]^{6}, [5, -11, 11, 7, 5, -5, -7, -11, 11, -5, -7, 7]^{2}, and [-11, 5, -3, -7, -9, 3, -5, 5, -3, 9, 7, 3, -5, 11, -3, 7, 5, -7, -9, 9, 7, -5, -7, 3].^{[6]}
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