The Structure of Polytopes in an Ordered Geometry

  • Walter Prenowitz
  • James Jantosciak
Part of the Undergraduate Texts in Mathematics book series (UTM)

Abstract

This chapter falls into three parts. First the theory of extreme sets and extremal linear spaces for convex sets is employed to elicit basic facial structural properties of polytopes in ordered geometries. The chief result is that a nontrivial polytope can be represented as the intersection of a certain finite family of closed halfspaces. These halfspaces have edges which are linear hulls of the maximal proper faces, or facets, of the polytope. Secondly, conditions are obtained, involving intersection properties with lines and segments, for a convex set to be the convex hull of its extreme points. Thirdly two characterizations of polytopes as types of convex set are obtained. One is based on the intersection properties mentioned above, the other on the representation of a polytope as an intersection of closed half spaces. The second characterization yields the result that two polytopes which meet intersect in a polytope.

Keywords

Hull 

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© Springer-Verlag New York Inc. 1979

Authors and Affiliations

  • Walter Prenowitz
    • 1
  • James Jantosciak
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of MathematicsBrooklyn College, City University of New YorkNew YorkUSA

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