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A dodecahedron is any polyhedron with twelve faces, but usually a regular dodecahedron is meant: a Platonic solid composed of twelve regular pentagonal faces, with three meeting at each vertex. It has twenty (20) vertices and thirty (30) edges. Its dual polyhedron is the icosahedron. If one were to make every one of the Platonic solids with edges of the same length, the dodecahedron would be the largest.
## Area and volume

## Cartesian coordinates

The following Cartesian coordinates define the vertices of a dodecahedron centered at the origin:
## Geometric relations

### Vertex arrangement

### Icosahedron vs dodecahedron

## Stellations

## Other dodecahedra

## See also

## References

## External links

The area A and the volume V of a regular dodecahedron of edge length a are:

- $A\; =\; 3sqrt\{25+10sqrt\{5\}\}\; a^2\; approx\; 20.64572a^2$

- $V\; =\; frac\{1\}\{4\}\; (15+7sqrt\{5\})\; a^3\; approx\; 7.66311896a^3$

- (±1, ±1, ±1)

- (0, ±1/φ, ±φ)

- (±1/φ, ±φ, 0)

- (±φ, 0, ±1/φ)

The dihedral angle of a dodecahedron is 2arctan(φ) or approximately 116.565 degrees.

The regular dodecahedron is the third in an infinite set of truncated trapezohedra which can be constructed by truncating the two axial vertices of a pentagonal trapezohedron.

The stellations of the dodecahedron make up three of the four Kepler-Poinsot polyhedra.

A rectified dodecahedron forms an icosidodecahedron.

The regular dodecahedron has 120 symmetries, forming the group $A\_5times\; Z\_2$.

The dodecahedron shares its vertex arrangement with four nonconvex uniform polyhedrons and three uniform compounds.

Five cubes fit within, with their edges as diagonals of the dodecahedron's faces, and together these make up the regular polyhedral compound of five cubes. Since two tetrahedra can fit on alternate cube vertices, five and ten tetrahedra can also fit in a dodecahedron.

When a dodecahedron is inscribed in a sphere, it occupies more of the sphere's volume (66.49%) than an icosahedron inscribed in the same sphere (60.54%).

A regular dodecahedron with edge length 1 has more than three and a half times the volume of an icosahedron with the same length edges (7.663... compared with 2.181...).

The 3 stellations of the dodecahedron are all regular (nonconvex) polyhedra: (Kepler-Poinsot polyhedra polyhedra)

0 | 1 | 2 | 3 | |
---|---|---|---|---|

Stellation | Dodecahedron | Small stellated dodecahedron | Great dodecahedron | Great stellated dodecahedron |

Facet diagram |

The term dodecahedron is also used for other polyhedra with twelve faces, most notably the rhombic dodecahedron which is dual to the cuboctahedron (an Archimedean solid) and occurs in nature as a crystal form. The Platonic solid dodecahedron can be called a pentagonal dodecahedron or a regular dodecahedron to distinguish it. The pyritohedron is an irregular pentagonal dodecahedron.

Other dodecahedra include:

- Uniform polyhedra:
- Pentagonal antiprism - 10 equilateral triangles, 2 pentagons
- Decagonal prism - 10 squares, 2 decagons
- Johnson solids (regular faced):
- Pentagonal cupola - 5 triangles, 5 squares, 1 pentagon, 1 decagon
- Snub disphenoid - 12 triangles
- Elongated square dipyramid - 8 triangles and 4 squares
- Metabidiminished icosahedron - 10 triangles and 2 pentagons
- Congruent nonregular faced: (face-transitive)
- Hexagonal bipyramid - 12 isosceles triangles, dual of hexagonal prism
- Hexagonal trapezohedron - 12 kites, dual of hexagonal antiprism
- Triakis tetrahedron - 12 isosceles triangles, dual of truncated tetrahedron
- Rhombic dodecahedron (mentioned above) - 12 rhombi, dual of cuboctahedron
- Other nonregular faced:
- Hendecagonal pyramid - 11 isosceles triangles and 1 hendecagon
- Trapezo-rhombic dodecahedron - 6 rhombi, 6 trapezoids - dual of Triangular orthobicupola
- Rhombo-hexagonal dodecahedron or Elongated Dodecahedron - 8 rhombi and 4 equilateral hexagons.

- Dodecahedron.gif
- Truncated dodecahedron
- Snub dodecahedron
- Pentakis dodecahedron
- Hamiltonian path
- 120-cell: a regular polychoron (4D polytope) whose surface consists of 120 dodecahedral cells.

- Paper models of the dodecahedron
- The Uniform Polyhedra
- Dodecahedron calendar, and another Dodecahedron calendar
- Origami Polyhedra - Models made with Modular Origami
- Dodecahedron - 3-d model that works in your browser
- Paper Models of Polyhedra The regular dodecahedron and a few iregular dodecahedra
- Virtual Reality Polyhedra The Encyclopedia of Polyhedra
- VRML models
- Regular dodecahedron regular
- Rhombic dodecahedron quasiregular
- Decagonal prism vertex-transitive
- Pentagonal antiprism vertex-transitive
- Hexagonal dipyramid face-transitive
- Triakis tetrahedron face-transitive
- hexagonal trapezohedron face-transitive
- Pentagonal cupola regular faces
- K.J.M. MacLean, A Geometric Analysis of the Five Platonic Solids and Other Semi-Regular Polyhedra
- Printable Nets Life is a Story Problem.org

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