The tetrix is the three-dimensional analog of the Sierpiński sieve illustrated above, also called the Sierpiński sponge or Sierpiński tetrahedron.

The nth iteration of the tetrix is implemented in the Wolfram Language as SierpinskiMesh[n, 3].

Let N_n be the number of tetrahedra, L_n the length of a side, and A_n the fractional volume of tetrahedra after the nth iteration. Then


The capacity dimension is therefore


so the tetrix has an integer capacity dimension (which is one less than the dimension of the three-dimensional tetrahedra from which it is built), despite the fact that it is a fractal.

The following illustrations demonstrate how the dimension of the tetrix can be the same as that of the plane by showing three stages of the rotation of a tetrix, viewed along one of its edges. In the last frame, the tetrix "looks" like the two-dimensional plane.


See also

Chaos Game, Menger Sponge, Sierpiński Sieve

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Weisstein, Eric W. "Tetrix." From MathWorld--A Wolfram Web Resource.

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