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 A338809 Number of polyhedra formed when an n-bipyramid, formed from two n-gonal pyraminds joined at the base, is internally cut by all the planes defined by any three of its vertices. 3
 12, 8, 120, 108, 756, 704, 3384, 3340, 11880, 10032, 33800, 32312, 82440, 78656, 182172, 144540, 365712, 350600 (list; graph; refs; listen; history; text; internal format)
 OFFSET 3,1 COMMENTS For a n-bipyramid, formed from two n-gonal pyraminds joined at the base, create all possible internal planes defined by connecting any three of its vertices. For example, in the case of a 3-bipyramid this results in 4 planes. Use all the resulting planes to cut the n-bipyramid into individual smaller polyhedra. The sequence lists the number of resulting polyhedra for bipyramids with n>=3. See A338825 for the number and images of the k-faced polyhedra in each bipyramid dissection. The author thanks Zach J. Shannon for assistance in producing the images for this sequence. LINKS Hyung Taek Ahn and Mikhail Shashkov, Geometric Algorithms for 3D Interface Reconstruction. Scott R. Shannon, 5-bipyramid, showing the 16 plane cuts on the external edges and faces. Scott R. Shannon, 5-bipyramid showing the 120 polyhedra post-cutting and exploded. Each piece has been moved away from the origin by a distance proportional to the average distance of its vertices from the origin. All 120 polyhedra have 4 faces, shown in red. Scott R. Shannon, 12-bipyramid, showing the 103 plane cuts on the external edges and faces. Scott R. Shannon, 12-bipyramid, showing the 10032 polyhedra post-cutting. The 4,5,6,7 faced polyhedra are colored red, orange, yellow, green respectively. The 8-faced polyhedra are not visible on the surface. Scott R. Shannon, 12-bipyramid, showing the 10032 polyhedra post-cutting and exploded.The 8-faced polyhedra colored blue can be seen. Scott R. Shannon, 20-bipyramid, showing the 331 plane cuts on the external edges and faces. Scott R. Shannon, 20-bipyramid, showing the 350600 polyhedra post-cutting. The 4,5,6,7,8,9,11 faced polyhedra are colored red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, violet respectively. The polyhedra with 10 and 12 faces are not visible on the surface. Scott R. Shannon, 20-bipyramid positions vertically, showing the 350600 polyhedra post-cutting. Scott R. Shannon, 20-bipyramid, showing the 350600 polyhedra post-cutting and exploded. The 10-faced and 12-faced polyhedra, colored black and white, can also be seen. Eric Weisstein's World of Mathematics, Dipyramid. Wikipedia, Bipyramid. EXAMPLE a(3) = 12. The 3-bipyramid is cut with 4 internal planes resulting in 12 polyhedra, all 12 pieces having 4 faces. a(5) = 120. The 5-bipyramid is cut with 16 internal planes resulting in 120 polyhedra, all 120 pieces having 4 faces. a(7) = 756. The 7-bipyramid is cut with 36 internal planes resulting in 756 polyhedra; 448 with 4 faces, 280 with 5 faces, and 28 with 6 faces. Note that for a single n-pyramid the number of polyhedra is the same as the number of regions in the dissection of a 2D n-polygon, see A007678, as all planes join two points on the polygon and the single apex, resulting in an equivalent number of regions. CROSSREFS Cf. A338825 (number of k-faced polyhedra), A338571 (Platonic solids), A333539 (n-dimensional cube), A007678 (2D n-polygon). Sequence in context: A121961 A168386 A338825 * A038334 A101501 A299515 Adjacent sequences: A338806 A338807 A338808 * A338810 A338811 A338812 KEYWORD nonn,more AUTHOR Scott R. Shannon, Nov 10 2020 STATUS approved

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