Golden rhombus

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The golden rhombus.

In geometry, a golden rhombus is a rhombus whose diagonals are in the ratio \frac{p}{q}=\varphi\!, where \varphi\! is the golden ratio.

Golden rhombohedra[edit]

There are two distinct convex golden rhombohedra constructed from six golden rhombi as a trigonal trapezohedron. These are sometimes called acute or prolate and the obtuse or oblate golden rhombohedron.

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Acute form
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Obtuse form

The rhombic triacontahedron is constructed with 30 golden rhombic faces, alternating 3 and 5 around every vertex. The dihedral angle between adjacent rhombi of the rhombic triacontahedron is 144°, which can be constructed by placing the short sides of two golden triangles back-to-back. The rhombic icosahedron is also constructed with golden rhombi.

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The nonconvex rhombic hexecontahedron can be constructed by 20 acute golden rhombohedra. It also represents a stellation of the rhombic triacontahedron.

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The internal angles of the rhombus are

2\arctan\frac{1}{\varphi} = \arctan{2}\approx63.43495 degrees
2\arctan\varphi = \arctan{1} + 
\arctan{3} \approx116.56505 degrees, which is also the dihedral angle of the dodecahedron

The edge length of the golden rhombus with short diagonal q=1 is


A golden rhombus with unit edge length has diagonal lengths


See also[edit]


  • M. Livio, The Golden Ratio: The Story of Phi, the World's Most Astonishing Number, New York: Broadway Books, p. 206, 2002.

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