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Topic: BUSTED! Re: Myth-busting pentagons by compass & straight edge.
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Joe Niederberger

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Re: BUSTED! Re: Myth-busting pentagons by compass & straight edge.
Posted: Aug 23, 2013 11:09 AM
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J Crabtree says:
3) Explain the proofs and the mathematics are fine, yet it is inevitable that errors will accumulate for you (the student/reader) just as they do for me (the expert/author).

If you want to explain some mathematics, why not give us your analysis of what errors occur, their relative magnitudes and distributions, the overall accumulation of such errors for each of 5 or so different pentagon constructions?

Then you can set "acceptable" tolerances on the resulting figures drawn according to the rules.

Further explain what actions might be taken outside the regimen of strict straightedge and compass construction to improve upon the error limits explored above.

We could then separate those "improvements" into two categories - those that are so subtle they may go unnoticed (cheating) and those that are quite explicit.

Armed with your knowledge, go and promote a "Pentagon Drawing Contest" TV show - where the winner takes home $1,000,000 (Ausie). Have it become the #1 watched show in Australia, and then move into the Merican market.

Create a huge scandal when the cheaters are exposed...

Make a movie about the scandal...

And so on..

Joe N

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