March 23rd, 2017, 10:13 PM  #1 
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For the five Platonic solids (regular polyhedra), find which number among all their corners, edges and faces is unique.

March 24th, 2017, 05:48 PM  #2 
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The Tetrahedron , Cube and Dodecahedron have 3 edges at every corner so corners is out The Cube and the Octahedron have 12 edges each so edges is out Must be the number of faces Tetrahedron has 4 faces Cube has 6 faces Octahedron has 8 faces Dodecahedron has 12 faces Eicosahedron has 20 faces 
March 24th, 2017, 06:44 PM  #3  
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March 24th, 2017, 09:19 PM  #4 
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That's true except the cube 
March 25th, 2017, 02:28 PM  #5 
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Each of the five Platonic solids (convex, regular polyhedra) includes its components  corners, edges and faces. Of these total 15 categories, which has an unduplicated total overall?

March 26th, 2017, 11:16 AM  #6 
Senior Member Joined: May 2015 From: Arlington, VA Posts: 298 Thanks: 25 Math Focus: Number theory 
ARRG! I feel slightly like Euler with my farsightedness! I withdraw my initial hypothesis. Corners___edges______ faces 4__________6__________4 8__________12_________6 6__________12_________8 20_________30_________12 12_________30_________20 
March 26th, 2017, 12:34 PM  #7 
Senior Member Joined: May 2015 From: Arlington, VA Posts: 298 Thanks: 25 Math Focus: Number theory 
At least, can you see the symmetry?


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