Pentagonal pyramid

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Pentagonal pyramid
Pentagonal pyramid.png
Faces5 triangles
1 pentagon
Vertex configuration5(32.5)
Schläfli symbol( ) ∨ {5}
Symmetry groupC5v, [5], (*55)
Rotation groupC5, [5]+, (55)
Dual polyhedronself
Pentagonal pyramid flat.svg
3D model of a pentagonal pyramid

In geometry, a pentagonal pyramid is a pyramid with a pentagonal base upon which are erected five triangular faces that meet at a point (the apex). Like any pyramid, it is self-dual.

The regular pentagonal pyramid has a base that is a regular pentagon and lateral faces that are equilateral triangles. It is one of the Johnson solids (J2).

It can be seen as the "lid" of an icosahedron; the rest of the icosahedron forms a gyroelongated pentagonal pyramid, J11.

More generally an order-2 vertex-uniform pentagonal pyramid can be defined with a regular pentagonal base and 5 isosceles triangle sides of any height.

Cartesian coordinates[edit]

The pentagonal pyramid can be seen as the "lid" of a regular icosahedron; the rest of the icosahedron forms a gyroelongated pentagonal pyramid, J11. From the Cartesian coordinates of the icosahedron, Cartesian coordinates for a pentagonal pyramid with edge length 2 may be inferred as

where 𝜏 (sometimes written as φ) is the golden ratio.[1]

The height H, from the midpoint of the pentagonal face to the apex, of a pentagonal pyramid with edge length a may therefore be computed as:


Its surface area A can be computed as the area of the pentagonal base plus five times the area of one triangle:


Its volume can be calculated as:


Related polyhedra[edit]

The pentagrammic star pyramid has the same vertex arrangement, but connected onto a pentagram base:

Pentagram pyramid.png
Regular pyramids
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Improper Regular Equilateral Isosceles
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Pentagonal frustum.svg
Pentagonal frustum is a pentagonal pyramid with its apex truncated
The top of an icosahedron is a pentagonal pyramid


Pentagonal pyramid (at Matemateca IME-USP)


  1. ^ Weisstein, Eric W. "Icosahedral Group". Retrieved 2020-04-12.
  2. ^ a b Sapiña, R. "Area and volume of a pentagonal pyramid and Johnson solid J₂". Problemas y ecuaciones (in Spanish). ISSN 2659-9899. Retrieved 2020-06-29.
  3. ^ a b Weisstein, Eric W. "Pentagonal Pyramid". Retrieved 2020-04-12.

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