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In six-dimensional geometry, a six-dimensional polytope or 6-polytope is a polytope, bounded by 5-polytope
5-polytope
facets.

Contents

1 Definition 2 Characteristics 3 Classification 4 Regular 6-polytopes 5 Uniform 6-polytopes 6 References 7 External links

Definition[edit] A 6-polytope
6-polytope
is a closed six-dimensional figure with vertices, edges, faces, cells (3-faces), 4-faces, and 5-faces. A vertex is a point where six or more edges meet. An edge is a line segment where four or more faces meet, and a face is a polygon where three or more cells meet. A cell is a polyhedron. A 4-face is a polychoron, and a 5-face is a 5-polytope. Furthermore, the following requirements must be met:

Each 4-face must join exactly two 5-faces (facets). Adjacent facets are not in the same five-dimensional hyperplane. The figure is not a compound of other figures which meet the requirements.

Characteristics[edit] The topology of any given 6-polytope
6-polytope
is defined by its Betti numbers and torsion coefficients.[1] The value of the Euler characteristic
Euler characteristic
used to characterise polyhedra does not generalize usefully to higher dimensions, and is zero for all 6-polytopes, whatever their underlying topology. This inadequacy of the Euler characteristic
Euler characteristic
to reliably distinguish between different topologies in higher dimensions led to the discovery of the more sophisticated Betti numbers.[1] Similarly, the notion of orientability of a polyhedron is insufficient to characterise the surface twistings of toroidal polytopes, and this led to the use of torsion coefficients.[1] Classification[edit] 6-polytopes may be classified by properties like "convexity" and "symmetry".

A 6-polytope
6-polytope
is convex if its boundary (including its 5-faces, 4-faces, cells, faces and edges) does not intersect itself and the line segment joining any two points of the 6-polytope
6-polytope
is contained in the 6-polytope
6-polytope
or its interior; otherwise, it is non-convex. Self-intersecting 6-polytope
6-polytope
are also known as star 6-polytopes, from analogy with the star-like shapes of the non-convex Kepler-Poinsot polyhedra. A regular 6-polytope
6-polytope
has all identical regular 5-polytope
5-polytope
facets. All regular 6-polytope
6-polytope
are convex.

Main article: List of regular polytopes § Convex_5

A semi-regular 6-polytope
6-polytope
contains two or more types of regular 4-polytope facets. There is only one such figure, called 221. A uniform 6-polytope
6-polytope
has a symmetry group under which all vertices are equivalent, and its facets are uniform 5-polytopes. The faces of a uniform polytope must be regular.

Main article: Uniform 6-polytope

A prismatic 6-polytope
6-polytope
is constructed by the Cartesian product
Cartesian product
of two lower-dimensional polytopes. A prismatic 6-polytope
6-polytope
is uniform if its factors are uniform. The 6-cube
6-cube
is prismatic (product of a squares and a cube), but is considered separately because it has symmetries other than those inherited from its factors. A 5-space tessellation is the division of five-dimensional Euclidean space into a regular grid of 5-polytope
5-polytope
facets. Strictly speaking, tessellations are not 6-polytopes as they do not bound a "6D" volume, but we include them here for the sake of completeness because they are similar in many ways to 6-polytope. A uniform 5-space tessellation is one whose vertices are related by a space group and whose facets are uniform 5-polytopes.

Regular 6-polytopes[edit] Regular 6-polytopes can be generated from Coxeter groups represented by the Schläfli symbol
Schläfli symbol
p,q,r,s,t with t p,q,r,s 5-polytope
5-polytope
facets around each cell. There are only three such convex regular 6-polytopes:

3,3,3,3,3 - 6-simplex 4,3,3,3,3 - 6-cube 3,3,3,3,4 - 6-orthoplex

There are no nonconvex regular polytopes of 5 or more dimensions. For the 3 convex regular 6-polytopes, their elements are:

Name Schläfli symbol Coxeter diagram Vertices Edges Faces Cells 4-faces 5-faces Symmetry
Symmetry
(order)

6-simplex 3,3,3,3,3

7 21 35 35 21 7 A6 (720)

6-orthoplex 3,3,3,3,4

12 60 160 240 192 64 B6 (46080)

6-cube 4,3,3,3,3

64 192 240 160 60 12 B6 (46080)

Uniform 6-polytopes[edit] Main article: Uniform 6-polytope Here are six simple uniform convex 6-polytopes, including the 6-orthoplex
6-orthoplex
repeated with its alternate construction.

Name Schläfli symbol(s) Coxeter diagram(s) Vertices Edges Faces Cells 4-faces 5-faces Symmetry
Symmetry
(order)

Expanded 6-simplex t0,5 3,3,3,3,3

42 210 490 630 434 126 2×A6 (1440)

6-orthoplex, 311 (alternate construction) 3,3,3,31,1

12 60 160 240 192 64 D6 (23040)

6-demicube 3,33,1 h 4,3,3,3,3

32 240 640 640 252 44 D6 (23040) ½B6

Rectified 6-orthoplex t1 3,3,3,3,4 t1 3,3,3,31,1

60 480 1120 1200 576 76 B6 (46080) 2×D6

221 polytope 3,3,32,1

27 216 720 1080 648 99 E6 (51840)

122 polytope 3,32,2

or 72 720 2160 2160 702 54 2×E6 (103680)

The expanded 6-simplex
6-simplex
is the vertex figure of the uniform 6-simplex honeycomb, . The 6-demicube
6-demicube
honeycomb, , vertex figure is a rectified 6-orthoplex
6-orthoplex
and facets are the 6-orthoplex
6-orthoplex
and 6-demicube. The uniform 222 honeycomb,, has 122 polytope is the vertex figure and 221 facets. References[edit]

^ a b c Richeson, D.; Euler's Gem: The Polyhedron
Polyhedron
Formula and the Birth of Topoplogy, Princeton, 2008.

T. Gosset: On the Regular and Semi-Regular Figures in Space of n Dimensions, Messenger of Mathematics, Macmillan, 1900 A. Boole Stott: Geometrical deduction of semiregular from regular polytopes and space fillings, Verhandelingen of the Koninklijke academy van Wetenschappen width unit Amsterdam, Eerste Sectie 11,1, Amsterdam, 1910 H.S.M. Coxeter:

H.S.M. Coxeter, M.S. Longuet-Higgins und J.C.P. Miller: Uniform Polyhedra, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Londne, 1954 H.S.M. Coxeter, Regular Polytopes, 3rd Edition, Dover New York, 1973

Kaleidoscopes: Selected Writings of H.S.M. Coxeter, edited by F. Arthur Sherk, Peter McMullen, Anthony C. Thompson, Asia Ivic Weiss, Wiley-Interscience Publication, 1995, ISBN 978-0-471-01003-6 [1]

(Paper 22) H.S.M. Coxeter, Regular and Semi Regular Polytopes I, [Math. Zeit. 46 (1940) 380-407, MR 2,10] (Paper 23) H.S.M. Coxeter, Regular and Semi-Regular Polytopes II, [Math. Zeit. 188 (1985) 559-591] (Paper 24) H.S.M. Coxeter, Regular and Semi-Regular Polytopes III, [Math. Zeit. 200 (1988) 3-45]

N.W. Johnson: The Theory of Uniform Polytopes and Honeycombs, Ph.D. Dissertation, University of Toronto, 1966 Klitzing, Richard. "6D uniform polytopes (polypeta)". 

External links[edit]

Polytope
Polytope
names Polytopes of Various Dimensions, Jonathan Bowers Multi-dimensional Glossary Glossary for hyperspace, George Olshevsky.

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Fundamental convex regular and uniform polytopes in dimensions 2–10

Family An Bn I2(p) / Dn E6 / E7 / E8 / F4 / G2 Hn

Regular polygon Triangle Square p-gon Hexagon Pentagon

Uniform polyhedron Tetrahedron Octahedron
Octahedron
• Cube Demicube

Dodecahedron • Icosahedron

Uniform 4-polytope 5-cell 16-cell
16-cell
• Tesseract Demitesseract 24-cell 120-cell
120-cell
• 600-cell

Uniform 5-polytope 5-simplex 5-orthoplex
5-orthoplex
• 5-cube 5-demicube

Uniform 6-polytope 6-simplex 6-orthoplex
6-orthoplex
• 6-cube 6-demicube 122 • 221

Uniform 7-polytope 7-simplex 7-orthoplex
7-orthoplex
• 7-cube 7-demicube 132 • 231 • 321

Uniform 8-polytope 8-simplex 8-orthoplex
8-orthoplex
• 8-cube 8-demicube 142 • 241 • 421

Uniform 9-polytope 9-simplex 9-orthoplex
9-orthoplex
• 9-cube 9-demicube

Uniform 10-polytope 10-simplex 10-orthoplex
10-orthoplex
• 10-cube 10-demicube

Uniform n-polytope n-simplex n-orthoplex • n-cube n-demicube 1k2 • 2k1 • k21 n-pentagonal polytope

Topics: Polytope
Polytope
families • Regular polytope
Regular polytope
• List of regular polytopes a

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