mousa wrote:how do I create 4-plats? i see that under Cons one can create braids using the character notation. i'd like to create 4-plats using the Conway notation, is that possible? for example, how to I create <1,4,1>?
use the conway
command, in your example, you'd useconway 141
you might want to fiddle with the tg1offset
parameter to get different effects.
for example, trytg1offset = 3
command is just to smooth the embedding to get a nicer knot
note that the conway
command will print the equivalent tangle
in this case conway 141
is equivalent to the command tangle 14*1*
be sure to read about the tangle calculator by clicking on the help button when on the tangle calculator control panel.
note that although the manual at http://knotplot.com/manual/commands.html#conway
says that only rational knots are possible with the conway
command, this is no longer the case. you can enter, for example, and of the following:conway 3,4,3,5
the complete Conway notation is supported. to easily see what's possible, run the tangles
demo in the Knot theory section of the DemoA control panel in KnotPlot.