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Topic: Ellipse
Replies: 4   Last Post: Jan 2, 2003 1:09 PM

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 Michael Thwaites Posts: 22 Registered: 12/6/04
Re: Ellipse
Posted: Jan 2, 2003 1:09 PM

My first thought was that a circle is an ellipse and you can always
circumscribe a triangle with a circle. But your point is given any cone you
can always place the triangle in the cone so that all three points line on
the cone. Your suggestion shows there is a corresponding ellipse.

To see you can always place the triangle so, imagine holdings an ice cream
code with vertex down on one hand and the triangle in the other. Drop the
triangle into the cone. It is easy (for me) to see the triangle will come to
rest with the three points on the cone (possibly with one corner of the
triangle at the apex of the cone).

mjt

in article kt1cr3f306ck@legacy, Soroban at afetrmath2@aol.com wrote on
12/31/02 11:48 AM:

> Absolutely right, Ulli!
>
> In the past, I have gone through an elaborate and intricate proof
> then have some colleague say, "No, no! You simply PROJECT the
> image on a wall and..." -- embarrassing!
>
> Anyway, this "vision" has been bouncing around in my brain:
> Select any three points on the surface of a cone. Pass a plane
> through the three points -- and there is a circumscribing ellipse.
>
> There should be a way to generalize this approach:
> "Given the three points (triangle), locate the appropriate plane"
>

Date Subject Author
12/30/02 rohith
12/31/02 Ulrich Kortenkamp
12/31/02 Soroban
1/2/03 Michael Thwaites
12/31/02 maky m.