If I've tried this once, I've tried it at least fifty-five times….

It’s hard to get regular pentagons, regular star pentagons, regular decagons, and related polygons to tessellate the plane while maintaining radial symmetry. This is my latest attempt.

A Radial Tessellation of Regular Decagons and Bowtie Hexagons

decagon and bowtie hexagons

This tiling-pattern could be continued indefinitely, while still maintaining its five-fold radial symmetry, giving it the overall appearance of a pentagon.

My Lost Discovery from ~2006: The Triamond Pentagonal Bifrustrum

I just had the strange experience of encountering a polyhedral discovery of mine on the Internet from about eight years ago — one that I had completely forgotten, but had shared with others, who posted it online, and were kind enough to give me credit for the discovery. It’s the fifth polyhedron shown on this page: http://www.interocitors.com/polyhedra/Triamonds/ — and is shown with a .stel file, so I was able to use polyhedral-manipulation-and-imaging software, Stella 4d (available at www.software3d.com/Stella.php) to make a rotating image of it:

Triamond Pentagonal Bifrustum

It’s a member of a class of polyhedra which have, as faces, only regular polygons with unit size, as well as “triamonds.” Triamonds are 1:1:1:2 trapezoids composed of three coplanar, equilateral triangles.

Back in 2006 or earlier, my guess is that I simply made a physical model out of card-stock paper and tape, and then took a photograph of it — something I haven’t done in a very long time, now that making moving pictures of virtual models has become so easy. Another possibility is that I used Zome, an excellent ball-and-stick modelling system available at www.zometool.com. Zome, like Stella, I still use — and I will be using Zome often with students, in class, when school starts next month. Fortunately, I have a lot of Zome!

A Rhombic Dodecahedron Featuring Rotating Pentagonal Mandalas


A Rhombic Dodecahedron Featuring Rotating Pentagonal Mandalas

Geometer’s Sketchpad and MS-Paint were both used to make the images on the faces of this polyhedron, and then Stella 4d was used to put it all together and create this rotating image. Stella may be bought, and/or tried for free, at www.software3d.com/Stella.php.