Rectified 5-cell

 Rectified 5-cell Schlegel diagram with the 5 tetrahedral cells shown. Type Uniform 4-polytope Schläfli symbol t1{3,3,3} or r{3,3,3}{32,1} = $\left\{{\begin{array}{l}3\\3,3\end{array}}\right\}$ Coxeter-Dynkin diagram            Cells 10 5 {3,3} 5 3.3.3.3 Faces 30 {3} Edges 30 Vertices 10 Vertex figure Triangular prism Symmetry group A4, [3,3,3], order 120 Petrie Polygon Pentagon Properties convex, isogonal, isotoxal Uniform index 1 2 3

In four-dimensional geometry, the rectified 5-cell is a uniform 4-polytope composed of 5 regular tetrahedral and 5 regular octahedral cells. Each edge has one tetrahedron and two octahedra. Each vertex has two tetrahedra and three octahedra. In total it has 30 triangle faces, 30 edges, and 10 vertices. Each vertex is surrounded by 3 octahedra and 2 tetrahedra; the vertex figure is a triangular prism.

Topologically, under its highest symmetry, [3,3,3], there is only one geometrical form, containing 5 regular tetrahedra and 5 rectified tetrahedra (which is geometrically the same as a regular octahedron). It is also topologically identical to a tetrahedron-octahedron segmentochoron.

The vertex figure of the rectified 5-cell is a uniform triangular prism, formed by three octahedra around the sides, and two tetrahedra on the opposite ends.

Despite having the same number of vertices as cells (10) and the same number of edges as faces (30), the rectified 5-cell is not self-dual because the vertex figure (a uniform triangular prism) is not a dual of the polychoron's cells.

Wythoff construction

Seen in a configuration matrix, all incidence counts between elements are shown. The diagonal f-vector numbers are derived through the Wythoff construction, dividing the full group order of a subgroup order by removing one mirror at a time.

A4         k-face fk f0 f1 f2 f3 k-figure Notes
A2A1         ( ) f0 10 6 3 6 3 2 {3}x{ } A4/A2A1 = 5!/3!/2 = 10
A1A1         { } f1 2 30 1 2 2 1 { }v( ) A4/A1A1 = 5!/2/2 = 30
A2A1         {3} f2 3 3 10 * 2 0 { } A4/A2A1 = 5!/3!/2 = 10
A2         3 3 * 20 1 1 A4/A2 = 5!/3! = 20
A3         r{3,3} f3 6 12 4 4 5 * ( ) A4/A3 = 5!/4! = 5
A3         {3,3} 4 6 0 4 * 5

Structure

Together with the simplex and 24-cell, this shape and its dual (a polytope with ten vertices and ten triangular bipyramid facets) was one of the first 2-simple 2-simplicial 4-polytopes known. This means that all of its two-dimensional faces, and all of the two-dimensional faces of its dual, are triangles. In 1997, Tom Braden found another dual pair of examples, by gluing two rectified 5-cells together; since then, infinitely many 2-simple 2-simplicial polytopes have been constructed.

Semiregular polytope

It is one of three semiregular 4-polytope made of two or more cells which are Platonic solids, discovered by Thorold Gosset in his 1900 paper. He called it a tetroctahedric for being made of tetrahedron and octahedron cells.

E. L. Elte identified it in 1912 as a semiregular polytope, labeling it as tC5.

Alternate names

• Tetroctahedric (Thorold Gosset)
• Dispentachoron
• Rectified 5-cell (Norman W. Johnson)
• Rectified 4-simplex
• Fully truncated 4-simplex
• Rectified pentachoron (Acronym: rap) (Jonathan Bowers)
• Ambopentachoron (Neil Sloane & John Horton Conway)
• (5,2)-hypersimplex (the convex hull of five-dimensional (0,1)-vectors with exactly two ones)

Images stereographic projection(centered on octahedron) Net (polytope) Tetrahedron-centered perspective projection into 3D space, with nearest tetrahedron to the 4D viewpoint rendered in red, and the 4 surrounding octahedra in green. Cells lying on the far side of the polytope have been culled for clarity (although they can be discerned from the edge outlines). The rotation is only of the 3D projection image, in order to show its structure, not a rotation in 4D space.

Coordinates

The Cartesian coordinates of the vertices of an origin-centered rectified 5-cell having edge length 2 are:

More simply, the vertices of the rectified 5-cell can be positioned on a hyperplane in 5-space as permutations of (0,0,0,1,1) or (0,0,1,1,1). These construction can be seen as positive orthant facets of the rectified pentacross or birectified penteract respectively.

Related polytopes

The convex hull of the rectified 5-cell and its dual (assuming that they are congruent) is a nonuniform polychoron composed of 30 cells: 10 tetrahedra, 20 octahedra (as triangular antiprisms), and 20 vertices. Its vertex figure is a triangular bifrustum.

Related 4-polytopes

This polytope is the vertex figure of the 5-demicube, and the edge figure of the uniform 221 polytope.

It is also one of 9 Uniform 4-polytopes constructed from the [3,3,3] Coxeter group.

Name 5-cell truncated 5-cell rectified 5-cell cantellated 5-cell bitruncated 5-cell cantitruncated 5-cell runcinated 5-cell runcitruncated 5-cell omnitruncated 5-cell
Schläfli
symbol
{3,3,3}
3r{3,3,3}
t{3,3,3}
2t{3,3,3}
r{3,3,3}
2r{3,3,3}
rr{3,3,3}
r2r{3,3,3}
2t{3,3,3} tr{3,3,3}
t2r{3,3,3}
t0,3{3,3,3} t0,1,3{3,3,3}
t0,2,3{3,3,3}
t0,1,2,3{3,3,3}
Coxeter
diagram

Schlegel
diagram

A4
Coxeter plane
Graph

A3 Coxeter plane
Graph

A2 Coxeter plane
Graph

Related polytopes and honeycombs

The rectified 5-cell is second in a dimensional series of semiregular polytopes. Each progressive uniform polytope is constructed as the vertex figure of the previous polytope. Thorold Gosset identified this series in 1900 as containing all regular polytope facets, containing all simplexes and orthoplexes (tetrahedrons and octahedrons in the case of the rectified 5-cell). The Coxeter symbol for the rectified 5-cell is 021.

Isotopic polytopes

Isotopic uniform truncated simplices
Dim. 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Name
Coxeter
Hexagon
=
t{3} = {6}
Octahedron
=
r{3,3} = {31,1} = {3,4}
$\left\{{\begin{array}{l}3\\3\end{array}}\right\}$
Decachoron

2t{33}
Dodecateron

2r{34} = {32,2}
$\left\{{\begin{array}{l}3,3\\3,3\end{array}}\right\}$

3t{35}

3r{36} = {33,3}
$\left\{{\begin{array}{l}3,3,3\\3,3,3\end{array}}\right\}$

4t{37}
Images
Vertex figure ( )v( )
{ }×{ }

{ }v{ }

{3}×{3}

{3}v{3}
{3,3}x{3,3}
{3,3}v{3,3}
Facets {3}   t{3,3}   r{3,3,3}   2t{3,3,3,3}   2r{3,3,3,3,3}   3t{3,3,3,3,3,3}
As
intersecting
dual
simplexes