
Journal for Geometry and Graphics 15 (2011), No. 1, 029043 Copyright Heldermann Verlag 2011 Closed Space Curves Made from Circles on Polyhedra Clark Kimberling Dept. of Mathematics, University of Evansville, 1800 Lincoln Avenue, Evansville, IN 47722, U.S.A. ck6@evansville.edu Peter J. C. Moses Moparmatic Co., 1154 Evesham Road, Astwood Bank  Redditch, Worcesteshire B96 6DT, England mows@mopar.freeserve.co.uk Suppose that P is a polyhedron, all of whose faces are regular polygons such that the incircles of adjoined faces are tangent to each other. Various closed space curves are then determined by linking together portions of the circles. This paper examines such biarc curves, concentrating on those which lie not only on P, but also on a sphere. Thirteen of these are called the regular polyhedral polyarcs: two on a tetrahedron, three on a cube, two on an octahedron, four on a dodecahedron, and two on an icosahedron. More general spherical circletocircle curves are also considered. Keywords: biarc, polyarc, regular polyhedra, sphericon, spherical curve, quadrarc. MSC: 51M20; 51M04, 51N20 [ Fulltextpdf (486 KB)] for subscribers only. 