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Beardon, Alan F.
Non-discrete frieze groups
The classification of Euclidean frieze groups into seven conjugacy classes is well known, and many articles on recreational mathematics contain frieze patterns that illustrate these classes. However, it is only possible to draw these patterns because the subgroup of translations that leave the pattern invariant is (by definition) cyclic, and hence discrete. In this paper we classify the conjugacy classes of frieze groups that contain a non-discrete subgroup of translations, and clearly these groups cannot be represented pictorially in any practical way. In addition, this discussion sheds light on why there are only seven conjugacy classes in the classical case.

Keywords:frieze groups, isometry groups
Categories:51M04, 51N30, 20E45

2. CMB 1997 (vol 40 pp. 158)

Coxeter, H. S. M.
The trigonometry of hyperbolic tessellations
For positive integers $p$ and $q$ with $(p-2)(q-2) > 4$ there is, in the hyperbolic plane, a group $[p,q]$ generated by reflections in the three sides of a triangle $ABC$ with angles $\pi /p$, $\pi/q$, $\pi/2$. Hyperbolic trigonometry shows that the side $AC$ has length $\psi$, where $\cosh \psi = c/s$, $c = \cos \pi/q$, $s = \sin\pi/p$. For a conformal drawing inside the unit circle with centre $A$, we may take the sides $AB$ and $AC$ to run straight along radii while $BC$ appears as an arc of a circle orthogonal to the unit circle. The circle containing this arc is found to have radius $1/\sinh \psi = s/z$, where $z = \sqrt{c^2-s^2}$, while its centre is at distance $1/\tanh \psi = c/z$ from $A$. In the hyperbolic triangle $ABC$, the altitude from $AB$ to the right-angled vertex $C$ is $\zeta$, where $\sinh\zeta = z$.

Categories:51F15, 51N30, 52A55

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