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Re: rational n-gon inscribed in a unit circle
Posted: Dec 12, 2013 7:10 AM
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Richard Tobin wrote [edited]:
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>If you could find an angle 0 < a < 30 such that sin(a) and
>sin(30-a) are both rational, you could add some sides to
>a regular hexagon.


By the law of cosines, cos(a) and cos(30-a) would also have
to be rational.

But then, letting b = 30-a,

cos(30) = cos(a)cos(b) - sin(a)sin(b)

contradiction, since the LHS is irrational while the RHS is
rational.

Thus, no such angle a exists.

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