Snub 24-cell

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Snub 24-cell
Ortho solid 969-uniform polychoron 343-snub.png
Orthogonal projection
Centered on hyperplane of one icosahedron.
Type Uniform polychoron
Schläfli symbol[1] s{3,4,3}
sr{3,3,4}
s{31,1,1}
Coxeter-Dynkin
diagrams

CDel node h.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node h.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.png
CDel node h.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node h.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node h.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.png or CDel node h.pngCDel split1.pngCDel nodes hh.pngCDel 4a.pngCDel nodea.png
CDel node h.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node h.pngCDel split1.pngCDel nodes hh.png or CDel node h.pngCDel splitsplit1.pngCDel branch3 hh.pngCDel node h.png

Cells 144 96 3.3.3 (oblique) Tetrahedron.png
24 3.3.3 Tetrahedron.png
24 3.3.3.3.3 Icosahedron.png
Faces 480 {3}
Edges 432
Vertices 96
Vertex figure Snub 24-cell verf.png
(Tridiminished icosahedron)
Symmetry groups [3+,4,3], ½F4, order 576

[(3,3)+,4], ½BC4, order 192
[31,1,1]+, ½D4, order 96

Properties convex
Uniform index 30 31 32
Vertex figure: Tridiminished icosahedron
8 faces:
Tetrahedron vertfig.png Icosahedron vertfig.png
5 3.3.3 and 3 3.3.3.3.3

In geometry, the snub 24-cell or snub disicositetrachoron is a convex uniform polychoron composed of 120 regular tetrahedral and 24 icosahedral cells. Five tetrahedra and three icosahedra meet at each vertex. In total it has 480 triangular faces, 432 edges, and 96 vertices.

It is one of three semiregular polychora made of two or more cells which are platonic solids, discovered by Thorold Gosset in his 1900 paper. He called it a tetricosahedric for being made of tetrahedron and icosahedron cells. (The other two are the rectified 5-cell and rectified 600-cell.)

Alternative names[edit]

  • Snub icositetrachoron
  • Snub demitesseract
  • Semi-snub polyoctahedron (John Conway)[2]
  • Sadi (Jonathan Bowers: for snub disicositetrachoron)
  • Tetricosahedric Thorold Gosset, 1900[3]

Geometry[edit]

The snub 24-cell is related to the truncated 24-cell by an alternation operation. Half the vertices are deleted, the 24 truncated octahedron cells become 24 icosahedron cells, the 24 cubes become 24 tetrahedron cells, and the 96 deleted vertex voids create 96 new tetrahedron cells.

Snub 24-cell-net.png
A net of the snub 24-cell with blue icosahedra, and red and yellow tetrahedra.

The snub 24-cell may also be constructed by a particular diminishing of the 600-cell: by removing 24 vertices from the 600-cell corresponding to those of an inscribed 24-cell, and then taking the convex hull of the remaining vertices. This is equivalent to removing 24 icosahedral pyramids from the 600-cell.

Conversely, the 600-cell may be constructed from the snub 24-cell by augmenting it with 24 icosahedral pyramids.

Coordinates[edit]

The vertices of a snub 24-cell centered at the origin of 4-space, with edges of length 2, are obtained by taking even permutations of

(0, ±1, ±φ, ±φ2)

(where φ = (1+√5)/2 is the golden ratio).

These 96 vertices can be found by partitioning each of the 96 edges of a 24-cell into the golden ratio in a consistent manner, in much the same way that the 12 vertices of an icosahedron or "snub octahedron" can be produced by partitioning the 12 edges of an octahedron in the golden ratio. This is done by first placing vectors along the 24-cell's edges such that each two-dimensional face is bounded by a cycle, then similarly partitioning each edge into the golden ratio along the direction of its vector.[4] The 96 vertices of the snub 24-cell, together with the 24 vertices of a 24-cell, form the 120 vertices of the 600-cell.

Structure[edit]

Each icosahedral cell is joined to 8 other icosahedral cells at 8 triangular faces in the positions corresponding to an inscribing octahedron. The remaining triangular faces are joined to tetrahedral cells, which occur in pairs that share an edge on the icosahedral cell.

The tetrahedral cells may be divided into two groups, of 96 cells and 24 cells respectively. Each tetrahedral cell in the first group is joined via its triangular faces to 3 icosahedral cells and one tetrahedral cell in the second group, while each tetrahedral cell in the second group is joined to 4 tetrahedra in the first group.

Symmetry[edit]

The snub 24-cell has three vertex-transitive colorings based on a Wythoff construction on a Coxeter group from which it is alternated: F4 defines 24 interchangeable icosahedra, while the BC4 group defines two groups of icosahedra in a 8:16 counts, and finally the D4 group has 3 groups of icosahedra with 8:8:8 counts.

Symmetry Symmetry
order
Constructive name Coxeter-Dynkin diagram
Extended Schläfli symbol
Vertex figure
(Tridiminished icosahedron)
Cells
(Colored as faces in vertex figures)
½F4
[3+,4,3]
576 Alternated truncated 24-cell CDel node h.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node h.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.png
s{3,4,3}
Snub 24-cell F4-verf.png One set of 24 icosahedra (blue)
Two sets of tetrahedra: 96 (yellow) and 24 (cyan)
½BC4
[(3,3)+,4]
192 Alternated cantitruncated 16-cell CDel node h.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node h.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node h.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.png
sr{3,3,4}
Snub 24-cell C4-verf.png Two sets icosahedra: 8, 16 each (red and blue)
Two sets of tetrahedra: 96 (yellow) and 24 (cyan)
½D4
[31,1,1]+
96 Snub demitesseract CDel node h.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node h.pngCDel split1.pngCDel nodes hh.png
s{31,1,1}
Snub 24-cell B4-verf.png Three sets of 8 icosahedra (red, green, and blue)
Two sets of tetrahedra: 96 (yellow) and 24 (cyan)

Projections[edit]

Orthographic projections[edit]

orthographic projections
Coxeter plane F4 B4
Graph 24-cell h01 F4.svg 24-cell h01 B4.svg
Dihedral symmetry [12]+ [8/2]
Coxeter plane D4 / B3 / A2 B2 / A3
Graph 24-cell h01 B3.svg 24-cell h01 B2.svg
Dihedral symmetry [6]+ [4]

Perspective projections[edit]

Perspective projections
Snub24cell-perspective-cell-first-01.png
Perspective projection centered on an icosahedral cell, with 4D viewpoint placed at a distance of 5 times the vertex-center radius. The nearest icosahedral cell is rendered in solid color, and the other cells are in edge-outline. Cells facing away from the 4D viewpoint are culled, to reduce visual clutter.
Snub24cell-perspective-cell-first-02.png
The same projection, now with 4 of the 8 icosahedral cells surrounding the central cell shown in green.
Snub24cell-perspective-cell-first-03.png
The same projection as above, now with the other 4 icosahedral cells surrounding the central cell shown in magenta. The animated version of this image gives a good view on the layout of these cells.

From this particular viewpoint, one of the gaps containing tetrahedral cells can be seen. Each of these gaps are filled by 5 tetrahedral cells, not shown here.

Snub24cell-perspective-cell-first-04.png
Same projection as above, now with the central tetrahedral cell in the gap filled in. This tetrahedral cell is joined to 4 other tetrahedral cells, two of which fills the two gaps visible in this image. The other two each lies between a green tetrahedral cell, a magenta cell, and the central cell, to the left and right of the yellow tetrahedral cell.

Note that in these images, cells facing away from the 4D viewpoint have been culled; hence there are only a total of 1 + 8 + 6 + 24 = 39 cells accounted for here. The other cells lie on the other side of the snub 24-cell. Part of the edge outline of one of them, an icosahedral cell, can be discerned here, overlying the yellow tetrahedron.

Snub24cell-perspective-cell-first-05.png
In this image, only the nearest icosahedral cell and the 6 yellow tetrahedral cells from the previous image are shown.
Snub24cell-perspective-cell-first-06.png
Now the 12 tetrahedral cells joined to the central icosahedral cell and the 6 yellow tetrahedral cells are shown. Each of these cells is surrounded by the central icosahedron and two of the other icosahedral cells shown earlier.
Snub24cell-perspective-cell-first-07.png
Finally, the other 12 tetrahedral cells joined to the 6 yellow tetrahedral cells are shown here. These cells, together with the 8 icosahedral cells shown earlier, comprise all the cells that share at least 1 vertex with the central cell.

Related polytopes[edit]

D4 uniform polychora
CDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel split1.pngCDel nodes.png
CDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel split1.pngCDel nodes 10lu.png
CDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel split1.pngCDel nodes 11.png
CDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel split1.pngCDel nodes 10lu.png
CDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel split1.pngCDel nodes.png
CDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel split1.pngCDel nodes 10lu.png
CDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel split1.pngCDel nodes 11.png
CDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel split1.pngCDel nodes 10lu.png
CDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel split1.pngCDel nodes.png
CDel node 1.pngCDel splitsplit1.pngCDel branch3.pngCDel node.png
CDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel split1.pngCDel nodes 11.png
CDel node.pngCDel splitsplit1.pngCDel branch3 11.pngCDel node 1.png
CDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel split1.pngCDel nodes 11.png
CDel node 1.pngCDel splitsplit1.pngCDel branch3 11.pngCDel node 1.png
CDel node h.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node h.pngCDel split1.pngCDel nodes hh.png
CDel node h.pngCDel splitsplit1.pngCDel branch3 hh.pngCDel node h.png
4-demicube t0 D4.svg 4-cube t1 B3.svg 4-demicube t01 D4.svg 4-cube t12 B3.svg 4-demicube t1 D4.svg 24-cell t2 B3.svg 24-cell t23 B3.svg 24-cell h01 B3.svg
{3,31,1}
h{4,3,3}
2r{3,31,1}
h3{4,3,3}
t{3,31,1}
h2{4,3,3}
2t{3,31,1}
h2,3{4,3,3}
r{3,31,1}
{31,1,1}={3,4,3}
rr{3,31,1}
r{31,1,1}=r{3,4,3}
tr{3,31,1}
t{31,1,1}=t{3,4,3}
sr{3,31,1}
s{31,1,1}=s{3,4,3}

The snub 24-cell is also called a semi-snub 24-cell because it is not a true snub (alternation of an omnitruncated 24-cell). The full snub 24-cell can also be constructed although it is not uniform, being composed of irregular tetrahedra on the alternated vertices.

The snub 24-cell is the largest facet of the 4-dimensional honeycomb, the snub 24-cell honeycomb.

The snub 24-cell is a part of the F4 symmetry family of uniform 4-polytopes.

Name 24-cell truncated 24-cell snub 24-cell rectified 24-cell cantellated 24-cell bitruncated 24-cell cantitruncated 24-cell runcinated 24-cell runcitruncated 24-cell omnitruncated 24-cell
Schläfli
symbol
{3,4,3} t0,1{3,4,3}
t{3,4,3}
s{3,4,3} t1{3,4,3}
r{3,4,3}
t0,2{3,4,3}
rr{3,4,3}
t1,2{3,4,3}
2t{3,4,3}
t0,1,2{3,4,3}
tr{3,4,3}
t0,3{3,4,3} t0,1,3{3,4,3} t0,1,2,3{3,4,3}
Coxeter
diagram
CDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.png CDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.png CDel node h.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node h.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.png CDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.png CDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.png CDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.png CDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.png CDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.png CDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.png CDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 4.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.png
Schlegel
diagram
Schlegel wireframe 24-cell.png Schlegel half-solid truncated 24-cell.png Schlegel half-solid alternated cantitruncated 16-cell.png Schlegel half-solid cantellated 16-cell.png Cantel 24cell1.png Bitruncated 24-cell Schlegel halfsolid.png Cantitruncated 24-cell schlegel halfsolid.png Runcinated 24-cell Schlegel halfsolid.png Runcitruncated 24-cell.png Omnitruncated 24-cell.png
F4 24-cell t0 F4.svg 24-cell t01 F4.svg 24-cell h01 F4.svg 24-cell t1 F4.svg 24-cell t02 F4.svg 24-cell t12 F4.svg 24-cell t012 F4.svg 24-cell t03 F4.svg 24-cell t013 F4.svg 24-cell t0123 F4.svg
B4 24-cell t0 B4.svg 4-cube t123.svg 24-cell h01 B4.svg 24-cell t1 B4.svg 24-cell t02 B4.svg 24-cell t12 B4.svg 24-cell t012 B4.svg 24-cell t03 B4.svg 24-cell t013 B4.svg 24-cell t0123 B4.svg
B3(a) 4-cube t0 B3.svg 24-cell t01 B3.svg 24-cell h01 B3.svg 24-cell t1 B3.svg 24-cell t02 B3.svg 24-cell t12 B3.svg 24-cell t012 B3.svg 24-cell t03 B3.svg 24-cell t013 B3.svg 24-cell t0123 B3.svg
B3(b) 24-cell t3 B3.svg 24-cell t23 B3.svg 24-cell t2 B3.svg 24-cell t13 B3.svg 24-cell t123 B3.svg 24-cell t023 B3.svg
B2 24-cell t0 B2.svg 24-cell t01 B2.svg 24-cell h01 B2.svg 24-cell t1 B2.svg 24-cell t02 B2.svg 24-cell t12 B2.svg 24-cell t012 B2.svg 24-cell t03 B2.svg 24-cell t013 B2.svg 24-cell t0123 B2.svg

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Klitzing, (s3s4o3o - sadi)
  2. ^ Conway, 2008, p.401 Gosset's semi-snub polyoctahedron
  3. ^ Gosset, 1900
  4. ^ Coxeter, Regular polytopes, 1973

References[edit]

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