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Platonic Solids


Tetrahedron


Face: Equilateral Triangle
Faces: 4
Edges: 6
Vertices: 4
Dihedral Angle: 70.53°
Dual: Self

Hexahedron (Cube)


Face: Square
Faces: 6
Edges: 12
Vertices: 8
Dihedral Angle: 90°
Dual: Octahedron

Octahedron


Face: Equilateral Triangle
Faces: 8
Edges: 12
Vertices: 6
Dihedral Angle: 109.47°
Dual: Cube

Dodecahedron


Face: Pentagon
Faces: 12
Edges: 30
Vertices: 20
Dihedral Angle: 116.57°
Dual: Icosahedron

Icosahedron


Face: Equilateral Triangle
Faces: 20
Edges: 30
Vertices: 12
Dihedral Angle: 138.19°
Dual: Dodecahedron

About the Platonic Solids

A Platonic solid is a three dimensional figure whose faces are identical regular, convex polygons. Only five such figures are possible: the tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron. These polyhedra are named for Plato, who associated the figures with the classical elements.

Using the Applet

Drag the vertices of the planar graphs, and double click on the graph to return to its original configuration. Click and drag to turn the polyhedra, and double click to toggle auto rotation.

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