Square pyramid

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Square pyramid
Bowers style acronymSquippy
Coxeter diagramox4oo&#x
Tapertopic notation[11]1
Faces4 triangles, 1 square
Vertex figures1 square, edge length 1
 4 isosceles triangles, edge lengths 1, 1, 2
Measures (edge length 1)
Dihedral angles3-3:
HeightsPoint atop square:
 Dyad atop trig:
Central density1
Number of external pieces5
Level of complexity4
Related polytopes
DualSquare pyramid
Abstract & topological properties
Flag count32
Euler characteristic2
SymmetryB2×I, order 8
Net count8

The square pyramid, or squippy, is a pyramid with a square base and 4 triangles as sides. The version with equilateral triangles as sides is the first of the 92 Johnson solids (J1). In what follows, unless otherwise specified, this is what will be meant by a "square pyramid", even though other variants with isosceles triangles as sides exist.

Two square pyramids can be joined together at their square base to form a regular octahedron. As such it can also be thought of as a diminished octahedron.

In addition to being a point atop a square, the square pyramid has a second representation as a segmentohedron, as a dyad atop a triangle, obtained from removing a vertex from the octahedron.

Abstractly, the square pyramid is the simplest non-regular polytope without digonal faces overall.

It is one of three regular polygonal pyramids to be CRF. The others are the regular tetrahedron (triangular pyramid) and the pentagonal pyramid.

The orthoplecial pyramids, a family of Blind polytopes, are one way to generalize the square pyramid to any number of dimensions.

Vertex coordinates[edit | edit source]

Coordinates for a square pyramid of edge length 1 are given by:

Representations[edit | edit source]

A square pyramid has the following Coxeter diagrams:

General variant[edit | edit source]

For the general square pyramid with base edges of length b  and lacing edges of length  , measures are given by:

  • Height =
  • Circumradius =
  • Volume = .

A square pyramid with base edges of length 1 and side edges of length appears as the vertex figure of the octahedral prism, and with side edges of length as the vertex figure of the truncated hexadecachoron.

Variations[edit | edit source]

Various other tetragonal pyramids with less symmetry exist, differentiated by their bases. These include:

Related polyhedra[edit | edit source]

A cube can be attached to the base of a square pyramid to form the elongated square pyramid. If a square antiprism is attached instead, the result is the gyroelongated square pyramid.

The dihedral angle between two adjacent triangles is a supplementary angle to that of the regular tetrahedron. Thus, augmenting one of the triangular faces with a tetrahedron produces coplanar faces, disqualifying the resulting polyhedron from being a Johnson solid.

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