Equivalent Resistances of Polytope NetworksPublic
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Polytopes are the generalizations of polygons and polyhedra. In this project, we model polytopes as graphs, with each edge being an identical resistor, and calculate the equivalent resistance between two arbitrary nodes. We explore four methods to solve for equivalent resistances, based on the work of Kirchhoff, van Steenwijk, Lovász, and Nahin. We present results for the Platonic solids, selected Archimedean solids, and all but one of the regular convex four-dimensional polytopes. The project then concludes with an overview of opportunities for future research, including extending these strategies to the Catalan solids.
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