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Broad Topics > 3D Geometry, Shape and Space > Polyhedra

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More Dicey Decisions

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

The twelve edge totals of a standard six-sided die are distributed symmetrically. Will the same symmetry emerge with a dodecahedral die?

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Classifying Solids Using Angle Deficiency

Age 11 to 16 Challenge Level:

Toni Beardon has chosen this article introducing a rich area for practical exploration and discovery in 3D geometry

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Tetra Inequalities

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Prove that in every tetrahedron there is a vertex such that the three edges meeting there have lengths which could be the sides of a triangle.

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Euler's Formula and Topology

Age 16 to 18

Here is a proof of Euler's formula in the plane and on a sphere together with projects to explore cases of the formula for a polygon with holes, for the torus and other solids with holes and the. . . .

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Proximity

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

We are given a regular icosahedron having three red vertices. Show that it has a vertex that has at least two red neighbours.

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Tet-trouble

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Is it possible to have a tetrahedron whose six edges have lengths 10, 20, 30, 40, 50 and 60 units?

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Magnetic Personality

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

60 pieces and a challenge. What can you make and how many of the pieces can you use creating skeleton polyhedra?

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Platonic and Archimedean Solids

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

In a recent workshop, students made these solids. Can you think of reasons why I might have grouped the solids in the way I have before taking the pictures?

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Investigating Solids with Face-transitivity

Age 14 to 18

In this article, we look at solids constructed using symmetries of their faces.

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Sliced

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

An irregular tetrahedron has two opposite sides the same length a and the line joining their midpoints is perpendicular to these two edges and is of length b. What is the volume of the tetrahedron?

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Octa-flower

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Join some regular octahedra, face touching face and one vertex of each meeting at a point. How many octahedra can you fit around this point?

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The Dodecahedron Explained

Age 16 to 18

What is the shortest distance through the middle of a dodecahedron between the centres of two opposite faces?

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Dodecawhat

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Follow instructions to fold sheets of A4 paper into pentagons and assemble them to form a dodecahedron. Calculate the error in the angle of the not perfectly regular pentagons you make.

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Which Solid?

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

This task develops spatial reasoning skills. By framing and asking questions a member of the team has to find out what mathematical object they have chosen.

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Reach for Polydron

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

A tetrahedron has two identical equilateral triangles faces, of side length 1 unit. The other two faces are right angled isosceles triangles. Find the exact volume of the tetrahedron.

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Three Cubes

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Can you work out the dimensions of the three cubes?

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Platonic Planet

Age 14 to 16 Challenge Level:

Glarsynost lives on a planet whose shape is that of a perfect regular dodecahedron. Can you describe the shortest journey she can make to ensure that she will see every part of the planet?

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Plaited Origami Polyhedra

Age 7 to 16 Challenge Level:

These models have appeared around the Centre for Mathematical Sciences. Perhaps you would like to try to make some similar models of your own.

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Tetra Perp

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

Show that the edges AD and BC of a tetrahedron ABCD are mutually perpendicular when: AB²+CD² = AC²+BD².

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Paper Folding - Models of the Platonic Solids

Age 11 to 16

A description of how to make the five Platonic solids out of paper.

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Pythagoras for a Tetrahedron

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

In a right-angled tetrahedron prove that the sum of the squares of the areas of the 3 faces in mutually perpendicular planes equals the square of the area of the sloping face. A generalisation. . . .

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The Dodecahedron

Age 16 to 18 Challenge Level:

What are the shortest distances between the centres of opposite faces of a regular solid dodecahedron on the surface and through the middle of the dodecahedron?