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Uniform n-gonal antiprisms
Hexagonal antiprism.png
Example hexagonal antiprism
Type uniform in the sense of semiregular polyhedron
Faces 2 n-gons, 2n triangles
Edges 4n
Vertices 2n
Conway polyhedron notation An
Vertex configuration 3.3.3.n
Schläfli symbol { }⊗{n}[1]
Coxeter diagrams CDel node h.pngCDel 2x.pngCDel node h.pngCDel 2x.pngCDel n.pngCDel node.png
CDel node h.pngCDel 2x.pngCDel node h.pngCDel n.pngCDel node h.png
Symmetry group Dnd, [2+,2n], (2*n), order 4n
Rotation group Dn, [2,n]+, (22n), order 2n
Dual polyhedron convex dual-uniform n-gonal trapezohedron
Properties convex, vertex-transitive, regular polygon faces
Net Generalized antiprisim net.svg

In geometry, an n-gonal antiprism or n-sided antiprism is a polyhedron composed of two parallel copies of some particular n-sided polygon, connected by an alternating band of triangles. Antiprisms are a subclass of prismatoids and are a (degenerate) type of snub polyhedra.

Antiprisms are similar to prisms except that the bases are twisted relatively to each other, and that the side faces are triangles, rather than quadrilaterals.

In the case of a regular n-sided base, one usually considers the case where its copy is twisted by an angle of 180/n degrees. Extra regularity is obtained when the line connecting the base centers is perpendicular to the base planes, making it a right antiprism. As faces, it has the two n-gonal bases and, connecting those bases, 2n isosceles triangles.

Uniform antiprism[edit]

A uniform antiprism has, apart from the base faces, 2n equilateral triangles as faces. Uniform antiprisms form an infinite class of vertex-transitive polyhedra, as do uniform prisms. For n = 2 we have the regular tetrahedron as a digonal antiprism (degenerate antiprism), and for n = 3 the regular octahedron as a triangular antiprism (non-degenerate antiprism).

Dual polyhedra of antiprisms are trapezohedra. Their existence was discussed and their name was coined by Johannes Kepler, though it is possible that they were previously known to Archimedes, as they satisfy the same conditions on vertices as the Archimedean solids.

Schlegel diagrams[edit]

Square antiprismatic graph.png
Pentagonal antiprismatic graph.png
Hexagonal antiprismatic graph.png
Heptagonal antiprism graph.png
Octagonal antiprismatic graph.png

Cartesian coordinates[edit]

Cartesian coordinates for the vertices of a right antiprism with (regular) n-gonal bases and isosceles triangles are

with k ranging from 0 to 2n − 1; if the triangles are equilateral,

Volume and surface area[edit]

Let a be the edge-length of a uniform antiprism. Then the volume is

and the surface area is

Related polyhedra[edit]

There are an infinite set of truncated antiprisms, including a lower-symmetry form of the truncated octahedron (truncated triangular antiprism). These can be alternated to create snub antiprisms, two of which are Johnson solids, and the snub triangular antiprism is a lower symmetry form of the icosahedron.

Digonal antiprism.png Trigonal antiprism.png Square antiprism.png Pentagonal antiprism.png ...
s{2,4} s{2,6} s{2,8} s{2,10} s{2,2n}
Truncated antiprisms
Truncated digonal antiprism.png Truncated octahedron prismatic symmetry.png Truncated square antiprism.png Truncated pentagonal antiprism.png ...
ts{2,4} ts{2,6} ts{2,8} ts{2,10} ts{2,2n}
Snub antiprisms
J84 Icosahedron J85 Irregular faces...
Snub digonal antiprism.png Snub triangular antiprism.png Snub square antiprism colored.png Snub pentagonal antiprism.png ...
ss{2,4} ss{2,6} ss{2,8} ss{2,10} ss{2,2n}


The symmetry group of a right n-sided antiprism with regular base and isosceles side faces is Dnd of order 4n, except in the case of a tetrahedron, which has the larger symmetry group Td of order 24, which has three versions of D2d as subgroups, and the octahedron, which has the larger symmetry group Oh of order 48, which has four versions of D3d as subgroups.

The symmetry group contains inversion if and only if n is odd.

The rotation group is Dn of order 2n, except in the case of a tetrahedron, which has the larger rotation group T of order 12, which has three versions of D2 as subgroups, and the octahedron, which has the larger rotation group O of order 24, which has four versions of D3 as subgroups.

Star antiprism[edit]

Pentagrammic antiprism.png
Pentagrammic crossed antiprism.png
Antiprism 9-2.png
Antiprism 9-4.png
Antiprism 9-5.png
This shows all the non-star and star antiprisms up to 15 sides - together with those of an icosikaienneagon.

Uniform star antiprisms are named by their star polygon bases, {p/q}, and exist in prograde and retrograde (crossed) solutions. Crossed forms have intersecting vertex figures, and are denoted by inverted fractions, p/(p - q) instead of p/q, e.g. 5/3 instead of 5/2.

In the retrograde forms but not in the prograde forms, the triangles joining the star bases intersect the axis of rotational symmetry.

Some retrograde star antiprisms with regular convex polygon bases cannot be constructed with equal edge lengths, so are not uniform polyhedra.

Star antiprism compounds also can be constructed where p and q have common factors; example: a 10/4 star antiprism is the compound of two 5/2 star antiprisms.

See also[edit]


  • Anthony Pugh (1976). Polyhedra: A visual approach. California: University of California Press Berkeley. ISBN 0-520-03056-7. Chapter 2: Archimedean polyhedra, prisma and antiprisms
  1. ^ N.W. Johnson: Geometries and Transformations, (2018) ISBN 978-1-107-10340-5 Chapter 11: Finite symmetry groups, 11.3 Pyramids, Prisms, and Antiprisms, Figure 11.3c

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