Truncated tetrahedron

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Truncated tetrahedron
Truncated tetrahedron.png
Bowers style acronymTut
Coxeter diagramx3x3o (CDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node 1.pngCDel 3.pngCDel node.png)
Stewart notationT3
Faces4 triangles, 4 hexagons
Vertex figureIsosceles triangle, edge lengths 1, 3, 3
Truncated tetrahedron vertfig.png
Measures (edge length 1)
Dihedral angles6–3:
Central density1
Number of pieces8
Level of complexity3
Related polytopes
DualTriakis tetrahedron
Abstract properties
Flag count72
Euler characteristic2
Topological properties
SymmetryA3, order 24

The truncated tetrahedron, or tut, is one of the 13 Archimedean solids, and the only one with tetrahedral symmetry. It consists of 4 triangles and 4 hexagons. Each vertex joins one triangle and two hexagons. As the name suggests, it can be obtained by truncation of the tetrahedron.

Vertex coordinates[edit | edit source]

A truncated tetrahedron of edge length 1 has vertex coordinates given by all permutations and even sign changes of:

Representations[edit | edit source]

A truncated tetrahedron has the following Coxeter diagrams:

Semi-uniform variant[edit | edit source]

The truncated tetrahedron has a semi-uniform variant of the form x3y3o that maintains its full symmetry. This variant has 4 triangles of size y and 4 ditrigons as faces.

With edges of length a (between two ditrigons) and b (between a ditrigon and a triangle), its circumradius is given by and its volume is given by .

It has coordinates given by all permutations and even sign changes of:

These semi-uniform truncated tetrahedra occur as vertex figures of two uniform polychora, the small ditetrahedronary hexacosihecatonicosachoron and ditetrahedronary dishecatonicosachoron.

Related polyhedra[edit | edit source]

It is possible to augment one of the hexagonal faces of the truncated tetrahedron with a triangular cupola to form the augmented truncated tetrahedron.

A number of uniform polyhedron compounds are composed of truncated tetrahedra:

o3o3o truncations
Name OBSA Schläfli symbol CD diagram Picture
Tetrahedron tet {3,3} x3o3o
Uniform polyhedron-33-t0.png
Truncated tetrahedron tut t{3,3} x3x3o
Uniform polyhedron-33-t01.png
Tetratetrahedron = Octahedron oct r{3,3} o3x3o
Uniform polyhedron-33-t1.png
Truncated tetrahedron tut t{3,3} o3x3x
Uniform polyhedron-33-t12.png
Tetrahedron tet {3,3} o3o3x
Uniform polyhedron-33-t2.png
Small rhombitetratetrahedron = Cuboctahedron co rr{3,3} x3o3x
Uniform polyhedron-33-t02.png
Great rhombitetratetrahedron = Truncated octahedron toe tr{3,3} x3x3x
Uniform polyhedron-33-t012.png
Snub tetrahedron = Icosahedron ike sr{3,3} s3s3s
Uniform polyhedron-33-s012.png

External links[edit | edit source]

  • Klitzing, Richard. "tut".