About RobertLovesPi

I go by RobertLovesPi on-line, and am interested in many things, a large portion of which are geometrical. Welcome to my little slice of the Internet. The viewpoints and opinions expressed on this website are my own. They should not be confused with the views of my employer, nor any other organization, nor institution, of any kind.

A Euclidean Construction of a Regular Triacontagon

Steps of this construction:

  1. Use the green circles and blue lines to construct the yellow pentagon, along with its green inscribed pentagram.
  2. Construct the equilateral triangle shown in gray. This is needed to obtain a twelve degree angle. The triangle is needed for its sixty degree angle, because 72 – 60 = 12. (The 72 degree angle is found inside the pentagon.)
  3. Identify the twelve degree angle shown in bold. A twelve degree angle is needed because 360 / 30 = 12.
  4. Use the red circles to complete the thirty sides of the regular triacontagon, which is shown with bold black segments, inscribed inside a large, bold, red circle.

Eyes

This collection of curves was built around a tessellation of the plane using regular hexagons. To make the second version, I inverted the colors, except for the black circles and arcs.

A Dozen Dodecahedra, Surrounding an Icosahedron

I made these virtual models using Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator. If you’d like to try this program for yourself — free — the website to visit is http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.

A Parallelogram-Expanded Snub Dodecahedron

The snub dodecahedron may be thought of as a dozen regular pentagons, surrounded and separated by a sea of triangles. In this expansion of that Archimedean solid, thirty parallelograms are added to the mix, also surrounded by triangles. In the image above, coloring is by face type — for example, the yellow triangles are those triangles which share an edge with a pentagon. Other triangles have other colors.

The image shown below is of the same polyhedron, but with a different coloring-scheme. In it, all triangles are given the same color, even when their shapes are slightly different.

This polyhedron has an interesting all-pentagon dual, which is shown below. This dual has sixty each of both the small and large pentagons, for a total of 120 faces.

I used Stella 4d: Polyhedron Navigator to create these polyhedra, and to make these rotating images. This program may be tried for free at http://www.software3d.com/Stella.php.