|Type||abstract regular polyhedron
globally projective polyhedron
|Symmetry group||S4, order 24|
Euler characteristic 1
It can be realized as a projective polyhedron (a tessallation of the real projective plane by 3 quadrilaterals), which can be visualized by constructing the projective plane as a hemisphere where opposite points along the boundary are connected and dividing the hemisphere into three equal parts.
It has 3 square faces, 6 edges, and 4 vertices. It has an unexpected property that every face is in contact with every other face on two edges, and every face contains all the vertices, which gives an example of an abstract polytope whose faces are not determined by their vertex sets.
The hemicube should not be confused with the demicube – the hemicube is a projective polyhedron, while the demicube is an ordinary polyhedron (in Euclidean space). While they both have half the vertices of a cube, the hemi-cube is a quotient of the cube, while the vertices of the demi-cube are a subset of the vertices of the cube.
- McMullen, Peter; Schulte, Egon (December 2002), "6C. Projective Regular Polytopes", Abstract Regular Polytopes (1st ed.), Cambridge University Press, pp. 162–165, ISBN 0-521-81496-0
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