Schlegel diagram with the 5 tetrahedral cells shown.
|Symmetry group||A4, [3,3,3], order 120|
|Properties||convex, isogonal, isotoxal|
|Uniform index||1 2 3|
In four-dimensional geometry, the rectified 5-cell is a uniform 4-polytope composed of 5 regular tetrahedral and 5 regular octahedral cells. Each edge has one tetrahedron and two octahedra. Each vertex has two tetrahedra and three octahedra. In total it has 30 triangle faces, 30 edges, and 10 vertices. Each vertex is surrounded by 3 octahedra and 2 tetrahedra; the vertex figure is a triangular prism.
Together with the simplex and 24-cell, this shape and its dual (a polytope with ten vertices and ten triangular bipyramid facets) was one of the first 2-simple 2-simplicial 4-polytopes known. This means that all of its two-dimensional faces, and all of the two-dimensional faces of its dual, are triangles. In 1997, Tom Braden found another dual pair of examples, by gluing two rectified 5-cells together; since then, infinitely many 2-simple 2-simplicial polytopes have been constructed.
It is one of three semiregular 4-polytope made of two or more cells which are Platonic solids, discovered by Thorold Gosset in his 1900 paper. He called it a tetroctahedric for being made of tetrahedron and octahedron cells.
- Tetroctahedric (Thorold Gosset)
- Rectified 5-cell (Norman W. Johnson)
- Rectified 4-simplex
- Fully truncated 4-simplex
- Rectified pentachoron (Acronym: rap) (Jonathan Bowers)
- Ambopentachoron (Neil Sloane & John Horton Conway)
- (5,2)-hypersimplex (the convex hull of five-dimensional (0,1)-vectors with exactly two ones)
(centered on octahedron)
|Tetrahedron-centered perspective projection into 3D space, with nearest tetrahedron to the 4D viewpoint rendered in red, and the 4 surrounding octahedra in green. Cells lying on the far side of the polytope have been culled for clarity (although they can be discerned from the edge outlines). The rotation is only of the 3D projection image, in order to show its structure, not a rotation in 4D space.|
The Cartesian coordinates of the vertices of an origin-centered rectified 5-cell having edge length 2 are:
More simply, the vertices of the rectified 5-cell can be positioned on a hyperplane in 5-space as permutations of (0,0,0,1,1) or (0,0,1,1,1). These construction can be seen as positive orthant facets of the rectified pentacross or birectified penteract respectively.
|Name||5-cell||truncated 5-cell||rectified 5-cell||cantellated 5-cell||bitruncated 5-cell||cantitruncated 5-cell||runcinated 5-cell||runcitruncated 5-cell||omnitruncated 5-cell|
|A3 Coxeter plane
|A2 Coxeter plane
Related polytopes and honeycombs
The rectified 5-cell is second in a dimensional series of semiregular polytopes. Each progressive uniform polytope is constructed as the vertex figure of the previous polytope. Thorold Gosset identified this series in 1900 as containing all regular polytope facets, containing all simplexes and orthoplexes (tetrahedrons and octahedrons in the case of the rectified 5-cell). In Coxeter's notation the rectified 5-cell is given the symbol 021.
|E3=A2A1||E4=A4||E5=D5||E6||E7||E8||E9 = = E8+||E10 = = E8++|
- Conway, 2008
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- Gosset, 1900
- T. Gosset: On the Regular and Semi-Regular Figures in Space of n Dimensions, Messenger of Mathematics, Macmillan, 1900
- J.H. Conway and M.J.T. Guy: Four-Dimensional Archimedean Polytopes, Proceedings of the Colloquium on Convexity at Copenhagen, page 38 and 39, 1965
- H.S.M. Coxeter:
- H.S.M. Coxeter, Regular Polytopes, 3rd Edition, Dover New York, 1973
- Kaleidoscopes: Selected Writings of H.S.M. Coxeter, edited by F. Arthur Sherk, Peter McMullen, Anthony C. Thompson, Asia Ivic Weiss, Wiley-Interscience Publication, 1995, ISBN 978-0-471-01003-6 
- (Paper 22) H.S.M. Coxeter, Regular and Semi Regular Polytopes I, [Math. Zeit. 46 (1940) 380-407, MR 2,10]
- (Paper 23) H.S.M. Coxeter, Regular and Semi-Regular Polytopes II, [Math. Zeit. 188 (1985) 559-591]
- (Paper 24) H.S.M. Coxeter, Regular and Semi-Regular Polytopes III, [Math. Zeit. 200 (1988) 3-45]
- Norman Johnson Uniform Polytopes, Manuscript (1991)
- N.W. Johnson: The Theory of Uniform Polytopes and Honeycombs, Ph.D. (1966)
- John H. Conway, Heidi Burgiel, Chaim Goodman-Strauss, The Symmetries of Things 2008, ISBN 978-1-56881-220-5 (Chapter 26)
- Rectified 5-cell - data and images
- Richard Klitzing, 4D uniform polytopes (polychora), x3o3o3o - rap
|Fundamental convex regular and uniform polytopes in dimensions 2–10|
|Family||An||Bn||I2(p) / Dn||E6 / E7 / E8 / F4 / G2||Hn|
|Uniform polyhedron||Tetrahedron||Octahedron • Cube||Demicube||Dodecahedron • Icosahedron|
|Uniform 4-polytope||5-cell||16-cell • Tesseract||Demitesseract||24-cell||120-cell • 600-cell|
|Uniform 5-polytope||5-simplex||5-orthoplex • 5-cube||5-demicube|
|Uniform 6-polytope||6-simplex||6-orthoplex • 6-cube||6-demicube||122 • 221|
|Uniform 7-polytope||7-simplex||7-orthoplex • 7-cube||7-demicube||132 • 231 • 321|
|Uniform 8-polytope||8-simplex||8-orthoplex • 8-cube||8-demicube||142 • 241 • 421|
|Uniform 9-polytope||9-simplex||9-orthoplex • 9-cube||9-demicube|
|Uniform 10-polytope||10-simplex||10-orthoplex • 10-cube||10-demicube|
|Uniform n-polytope||n-simplex||n-orthoplex • n-cube||n-demicube||1k2 • 2k1 • k21||n-pentagonal polytope|
|Topics: Polytope families • Regular polytope • List of regular polytopes|