
Re: Trigonometric area optimization
Posted:
Dec 16, 2012 2:27 PM


I want to applaud my predecessors' efforts in pointing to a solution for the important problem at hand. At the same time, I feel I deserve credit for taking the time to prove the case for the minimum area in the case of a right triangle, since the problem relies on that. I would also hope to receive at least a little applause for being the first, yes, the very first, to claim that the solution to the value of m is 3, or very nearly 3. I qualified my solution because I had used some rather rough figures for angles, and then relied on trigonometric tables. Certainly there were more elegant ways of solving this problem, but the fellow (Adam) who first presented it seemed to be in dire need of academic reinforcement, so it was with great haste that I crafted what I thought at the time was a credible solution to the problem. I felt that, without carrying the calculations out to some credible extent, Adam might be inclined to think that I and others had done so much handwaving and posturing, but had not really "solved" the problem. I have yet to be been given due credit for the full extent of my efforts by my esteemed colleagues who have belatedly chimed in with a value for m. Of course, better late than never, but...well it was a little late, Peter, wasn't it?

