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CUBE GEOMETRY

CUBE GEOMETRY

In geometry, a cube is a three-dimensional solid object bounded by six square faces, facets or sides, with three meeting at each vertex.

The cube is the only regular hexahedron and is second of the five Platonic solids. It has 6 faces, 12 edges, and 8 vertices.

The cube is also a square parallelepiped, an equilateral cuboid and a right rhombohedron. It is a regular square prism in three orientations, and a trigonal trapezohedron in four orientations. The cube is dual to the octahedron. It has cubical or octahedral symmetry. The cube is the only convex polyhedron whose faces are all squares.

In Greek geometry the duplication of the cube was one of the most famous of the unsolved problems. It required the construction of a cube that should have twice the volume of a given cube. This proved to be impossible by the aid of the straight edge and compasses alone, but the Greeks were able to effect the construction by the use of higher curves, notably by the cissoid of Diocese.

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