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An infinite family of perfect parallelepipeds

Authors: Benjamin D. Sokolowsky, Amy G. VanHooft, Rachel M. Volkert and Clifford A. Reiter
Journal: Math. Comp. 83 (2014), 2441-2454
MSC (2010): Primary 11D09
Published electronically: November 18, 2013
MathSciNet review: 3223340
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Abstract: A perfect parallelepiped has edges, face diagonals, and body diagonals all of integer length. We prove the existence of an infinite family of dissimilar perfect parallelepipeds with two nonparallel rectangular faces. We also show that we can obtain perfect parallelepipeds of this form with the angle of the nonrectangular face arbitrarily close to $90^{\circ }$. Finally, we discuss the implications that this family has on the famous open problem concerning the existence of a perfect cuboid. This leads to two conjectures that would imply no perfect cuboid exists.

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Benjamin D. Sokolowsky
Affiliation: Bucknell University, 211 Trowbridge Lane, Downingtown, Pennsylvania 19335
Address at time of publication: 450 Circle Road, West G 204F, Stony Book, New York 11790

Amy G. VanHooft
Affiliation: The College at Brockport, State University of New York, 482 West Avenue, Brockport, New York 14420

Rachel M. Volkert
Affiliation: University of Northern Iowa, 315 North Guilford Street, Sumner, Iowa 50674

Clifford A. Reiter
Affiliation: Lafayette College, Department of Mathematics, Easton, Pennsylvania 18042

Received by editor(s): August 9, 2012
Received by editor(s) in revised form: December 27, 2012
Published electronically: November 18, 2013
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