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A cube is defined by eight vertices that form six sides. This
illustration shows the *x-*, *y-*,
and *z*-coordinates of the vertices defining a
cube in which the sides are one unit in length.

If you specify the *x-*, *y-*,
and *z*-coordinate arguments as vectors, they render
as a single polygon with points connected in sequence. If the arguments
are matrices, MATLAB^{®} draws one polygon per column, producing
a single patch with multiple faces. These faces need not be connected
and can be self-intersecting.

Alternatively, you can specify the coordinates of each unique vertex and the order in which to connect them to form the faces. The examples in this section illustrate both techniques.

Each of the six faces has four vertices. Because you do not
need to close each polygon (i.e., the first and last vertices do not
need to be the same), you can define this cube using a 4-by-6 matrix
for each of the *x*-, *y*-,
and *z*-coordinates.

Each column of the matrices specifies a different face. While
there are only eight vertices, you must specify 24 vertices to define
all six faces. Since each face shares vertices with four other faces,
you can define the patch more efficiently by defining each vertex
only once and then specifying the order in which to connect these
vertices to form each face. The patch `Vertices` and `Faces` properties
define patches in just this way.

These matrices specify the cube using `Vertices` and `Faces`.

Using the vertices/faces technique can save a considerable amount
of computer memory when patches contain a large number of faces. This
technique requires the formal `patch` function syntax,
which entails assigning values to the `Vertices` and `Faces` properties
explicitly. For example,

patch('Vertices',vertex_matrix,'Faces',faces_matrix)

Because the high-level syntax does not automatically assign face or edge colors, you must set the appropriate properties to produce patches with colors other than the default white face color and black edge color.

Flat face color is the result of specifying one color per face.
For example, using the vertices/faces technique and the `FaceVertexCData` property
to define color, this statement specifies one color per face and sets
the `FaceColor` property to `flat`.

patch('Vertices',vertex_matrix,'Faces',faces_matrix,... 'FaceVertexCData',hsv(6),'FaceColor','flat')

Because truecolor specified with the `FaceVertexCData` property
has the same format as a MATLAB colormap (i.e., an *n*-by-3
array of RGB values), this example uses the `hsv` colormap
to generate the six colors required for flat shading.

Interpolated face color means the vertex colors of each face
define a transition of color from one vertex to the next. To interpolate
the colors between vertices, you must specify a color for each vertex
and set the `FaceColor` property to `interp`.

patch('Vertices',vertex_matrix,'Faces',faces_matrix,... 'FaceVertexCData',hsv(8),'FaceColor','interp')

Changing to the standard 3-D view and making the axis square,

view(3); axis square

produces a cube with each face colored by interpolating the vertex colors.

To specify the same coloring using the x, y, z, c technique,
c must be an *m*-by-*n*-by-3
array, where the dimensions of x, y, and z are *m*-by-*n*.

This diagram shows the correspondence between the `FaceVertexCData` and `CData` properties.

Specifying Patch Coloring discusses coloring techniques in more detail.

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