represents a parallelepiped with origin p and directions vi.

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Basic Examples  (3)

A Parallelepiped in 3D:

And in 2D:

Different styles applied to a parallelepiped:

Volume and centroid:

Scope  (16)

Graphics  (6)

Specification  (2)

A parallelepiped in dimensions is specified by a base point and up to vectors:

A parallelepiped with specified origin and directions:

Styling  (2)

Color directives specify the face color:

FaceForm and EdgeForm can be used to specify the styles of the faces and edges:

Coordinates  (2)

In 2D and 3D, a parallelepiped can be specified with Scaled coordinates:

Use Offset coordinates:

Regions  (10)

Embedding dimension is the dimension of the space in which the parallelepiped lives:

Geometric dimension is the dimension of the shape itself:

Membership testing:

Conditions for membership:



Distance from a point:

Visualize it:

Signed distance from a point:

Plot it:

Nearest point:

Visualize it:

A parallelepiped is bounded:

Compute a bounding box for the region:

Integrate over a Parallelepiped:

Optimize over it:

Solve equations over a Parallelepiped:

Applications  (3)

For a full-dimensional Parallelepiped, the measure is easily computed from the vectors:

The volume is equal to the absolute value of the determinant of the matrix :

For a lower-dimensional Parallelepiped, the square root of the Gram determinant is used:

The Gram determinant is the determinant of dotted with its Transpose:

Any full-dimensional Parallelepiped can tile space:

Properties & Relations  (5)

Parallelogram is the 2D full-dimensional case of Parallelepiped:

Rectangle is a 2D Parallelepiped with axis-aligned edges:

Cuboid is a 3D Parallelepiped with axis-aligned edges:

Any Parallelepiped is an AffineTransform of a Cuboid:

Hexahedron is a generalization of a 3D Parallelepiped:

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