
RE: 2 sided polygon on a sphere
Posted:
Oct 5, 2004 2:05 AM


Mary Krimmel wrote, "Is a figure on the surface of a sphere properly called a polygon?"  It is at least according to this definition from http://mathworld.wolfram.com/SphericalPolygon.html
"A closed geometric figure on the surface of a sphere which is formed by the arcs of great circles. The spherical polygon is a generalization of the spherical triangle.
Pat Ballew Lakenheath, UK
MathWords http://www.pballew.net/etyindex.html
Original Message From: ownergeometrypuzzles@mathforum.org [mailto://ownergeometrypuzzles@mathforum.org] On Behalf Of Mary Krimmel Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 2004 6:49 AM To: John Cc: geometrypuzzles@mathforum.org Subject: Re: 2 sided polygon on a sphere
At 05:51 PM 10/4/04 0400, you [John] wrote: >What is the name of a 2 sided polygon on a sphere? >It rhymes with moon
I can't tell whether this is a puzzle for the list to enjoy puzzling over, or whether it's something you want answered. I doubt that I'm spoiling anyone's fun by suggesting that the answer is "lune".
Is a figure on the surface of a sphere properly called a polygon? I don't know the answer, but would like to. Anyone?

