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Topic: Equilateral polygon in an ellipse
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Jacques

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Registered: 12/4/04
Equilateral polygon in an ellipse
Posted: Jan 20, 2004 10:02 AM
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Earl, it must 'play': Imagine you want an n-sided polygon in the
ellipse. With a compass step off n lines on the circumference of the
ellipse, so that the length of the line is obviously shorter than the
(required)sides of the polygon. The 'string' of lines, lying on the
circumferance of the ellipse will not be closed. It is, however, easy
to visualise that if each side grows at the same tempo the beginning
(start) and end of the string will creep along the circumference until
they eventually meet.





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