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A000228 Number of hexagonal polyominoes (or planar polyhexes) with n cells.
(Formerly M2682 N1072)
1, 1, 3, 7, 22, 82, 333, 1448, 6572, 30490, 143552, 683101, 3274826, 15796897, 76581875, 372868101, 1822236628, 8934910362, 43939164263, 216651036012, 1070793308942 (list; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)



From Markus Voege, Nov 24 2009: (Start)

On the difference between this sequence and A038147:

The first term that differs is for n=6; for all subsequent terms, the number of polyhexes is larger than the number of planar polyhexes.

If I recall correctly, polyhexes are clusters of regular hexagons that are joined at the edges and are LOCALLY embeddable in the hexagonal lattice.

"Planar polyhexes" are polyhexes that are GLOBALLY embeddable in the honeycomb lattice.

Example: (Planar) polyhex with 6 cells (x) and a hole (O):

.. x x

. x O x

.. x x

Polyhex with 6 cells that is cut open (I):

.. xIx

. x O x

.. x x

This polyhex is not globally embeddable in the honeycomb lattice, since adjacent cells of the lattice must be joined. But it can be embedded locally everywhere. It is a start of a spiral. For n>6 the spiral can be continued so that the cells overlap.

Illegal configuration with cut (I):

.. xIx

. x x x

.. x x

This configuration is NOT a polyhex since the vertex at

.. xIx

... x

is not embeddable in the honeycomb lattice.

One has to keep in mind that these definitions are inspired by chemistry. Hence, potential molecules are often the motivation for these definitions. Think of benzene rings that are fused at a C-C bond.

The (planar) polyhexes are "free" configurations, in contrast to "fixed" configurations as in A001207 = Number of fixed hexagonal polyominoes with n cells.

A000228 (planar polyhexes) and A001207 (fixed polyominoes) differ only by the attribute "free" vs. "fixed," that is, whether the different orientations and reflections of an embedding in the lattice are counted.

The configuration

. x x .... x

.. x .... x x

is counted once as free and twice as fixed configurations.

Since most configurations have no symmetry, (A001207 / A000228) -> 12 for n -> infinity. (End)


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M. Gardner, Polyhexes and Polyaboloes. Ch. 11 in Mathematical Magic Show. New York: Vintage, pp. 146-159, 1978.

M. Gardner, Tiling with Polyominoes, Polyiamonds and Polyhexes. Chap. 14 in Time Travel and Other Mathematical Bewilderments. New York: W. H. Freeman, pp. 175-187, 1988.

F. Harary and R. C. Read, The enumeration of tree-like polyhexes, Proc. Edinb. Math. Soc. (2) 17 (1970), 1-13.

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W. F. Lunnon, Counting hexagonal and triangular polyominoes, pp. 87-100 of R. C. Read, editor, Graph Theory and Computing. Academic Press, NY, 1972.

N. Trinajstich, Z. Jerievi, J. V. Knop, W. R. Muller and K. Szymanski, Computer generation of isomeric structures, Pure & Appl. Chem., Vol. 55, No. 2, pp. 379-39O, 1983.

Jaime Rangel-Mondragon, Polyominoes and Related Families, The Mathematica Journal, 9:3 (2005), 609-640.

N. J. A. Sloane, A Handbook of Integer Sequences, Academic Press, 1973 (includes this sequence).

N. J. A. Sloane and Simon Plouffe, The Encyclopedia of Integer Sequences, Academic Press, 1995 (includes this sequence).


Table of n, a(n) for n=1..21.

A. Clarke, Polyhexes

D. Gouyou-Beauchamps and P. Leroux, Enumeration of symmetry classes of convex polyominoes on the honeycomb lattice.

M. Keller, Counting polyforms

Joseph Myers, Polyomino, polyhex and polyiamond tiling

Ed Pegg, Jr., Illustrations of polyforms

N. J. A. Sloane, Illustration of initial terms

Eric Weisstein's World of Mathematics, Polyhex.


Equals (A006535 + A030225)/2.

Cf. A036359, A002216, A005963, A000228, A001998, A018190.

Cf. A001207, A057973.

Cf. also A000105, A000577, A103465, A057779, A258206, A258019.

Sequence in context: A233005 A018190 A187982 * A108070 A038147 A252784

Adjacent sequences:  A000225 A000226 A000227 * A000229 A000230 A000231




N. J. A. Sloane


a(13) from Achim Flammenkamp (achim(AT)uni-bielefeld.de), Feb 15 1999

a(14) from Brendan Owen, Dec 31 2001

a(15) from Joseph Myers, May 05 2002

a(16)-a(20) from Joseph Myers, Sep 21 2002

a(21) from Herman Jamke (hermanjamke(AT)fastmail.fm), May 05 2007



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