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Finding Line Segment Lengths [12/21/2001]
Can you help me find line segments AB and BC if points A,B,C, and D are collinear with B between A and C and C between B and D...?

Finding Reflection Points within a Rectangle [03/24/2005]
Given a beginning point and an ending point inside a rectangle, I'm trying find a formula, algorithum or calculation that would tell me where on the rectangle I would have to aim a laser from the given beginning point so that it reflects off exactly two sides of the rectangle and connects with the given ending point.

Finding the Center of a Circle [12/26/1996]
Given a circle of radius R with center point unknown, a line with equation Y = mx+b and a line at Y = -.08, find the x,y coordinates of the points of tangency where the two lines intersect the circle.

Finding the Length of a Coil [07/07/1999]
How can I find the length of a coil or spring given the diameter and pitch and number of turns?

Finding the Radial Separation of a CD Track Spiral [10/04/2000]
On audio CDs a track of pits spirals outward from a radius of 25 mm to a radius of 58 mm. How can I calculate the radial separation of the pits?

Find the Perimeter of the Fence [02/19/2003]
A convex polygon with perimeter P has a fence around it. The distance from the polygon to the fence is 1m. How long is the fence?

Find the Perimeter of the Rectangle [09/06/2002]
Two circles of radii 9 and 17 centimetres are enclosed within a rectangle with one side of length 50 cm. The two circles touch each other, and each touches two adjacent sides of the rectangle. Find the perimeter of the rectangle.

Find the Radius of the Circles [11/03/2002]
Given a 3,4,5 triangle, and inside it, inscribed, two circles of equal radii. Both circles touch one leg and the hypotenuse, and both are tangent to each other at one point. Find the radius of the circles.

Finite vs. Infinite [07/10/1997]
If a line segment is a measurable part of a line, why is the number of points that make up a line segment infinite?

Fitting a Picture to a Frame [11/14/1996]
I have a picture frame that needs to have twice as much border on the side of the picture as on the top. If the photo is half the area of the frame, how wide should the borders be?

Five Noncollinear Points [4/2/1995]
In general, how many undirected lines and how many circles are determined by five noncollinear points?

Foil Wrapped Around a Spindle [12/17/1997]
I have a problem in an engineering work environment. I need to know the length of foil (L) needed to generate the external diameter...

Folium of Descartes and Parametric Equations [11/23/1998]
How do you plot an implicit function, such as the folium of Descartes, with the equation y^3 + x^3 = 3xy?

Formula for Factors of a Number [11/3/1996]
How many triangles can you draw on a square grid of dots of size x*x?

Formula for Radial Latitudes and Longitudes [10/15/2002]
I want to make a radius search tool that returns all places based on latitude/longitude within a certain radius of a given place.

Geometric Probability [5/1/1996]
What's the probability of an asteroid hitting the earth?

Geometric Proofs [11/28/1998]
I am tring to help a friend learn geometric proofs. Do you have any suggestions?

Geometry Class [9/2/1996]
How can I survive my first year of high school geometry?

Geometry for Police Officers [02/24/1997]
How is geometry ever going to help me in my career as a police officer?

Geometry of a Bicycle [11/30/1997]
How do you show everything geometrical about a bicycle?

Geometry - Parallel Lines [12/09/1997]
Given: EJ = EK; JK||MN; Prove: Angle M = Angle N.

Geometry Proofs: Lines and Planes [11/08/1998]
Show that two intersecting lines intersect in exactly one point...

Geometry Proof - The Inscribed Angle is 1/2 of the Central Angle [2/12/1996]
The grade 9 math book says the inscribed angle is 1/2 the central angle. Where can I find a proof, or can you offer a hint?

Geometry Unit on Quilting [07/16/1997]
Do you have any information/units/lessons/curriculum ideas on quilting in mathematics?

Geometry vs. Trigonometry [07/14/1997]
What is the difference between trigonometry and geometry?

Getting Started with Two-Column Proofs [03/19/2002]
Write a two-column proof: If the altitude is drawn from the vertex of the right triangle to its hypotenuse, then the two triangles formed are similar to the given triangle and to each other.

Goat and Silo [05/31/2001]
A goat is roped to a point A next to a silo 30 ft. in diameter. The rope is 15pi feet long. How much area can goat graze?

The Goat In the Field Problem [05/24/1997]
A farmer tethers a goat to the circumference of a circular field. What ratio of field radius to length of rope must he use so that the goat can graze only half the area?

Goat on a Rope [8/6/1996]
A circular field has a fence around its edge; how long does a rope need to be so that a goat can graze exactly half the field?

Goat Tied by a 10-Meter Rope [11/28/2001]
A goat is tied to the corner of a 5-by-4-meter shed by a 10-meter rope. What area is grazed by the goat? If the shed is a circle with radius r, and the rope is 2r, what is the area grazed?

Goat tied to a barn [11/8/1994]
If there is a goat tied to a rectangular barn on a 50 foot lead and the barn is 20 feet by 20 feet (floor), what is the maximum grazing area? Assume the goat is tied to a corner.

Golden Spiral [03/23/1998]
What is the equation of the Golden Spiral?

Grad as a Measure of an Angle [03/20/2002]
I would like to know about the origins, use in the past, and whether (and how) the grad is used now.

Hose Length [07/11/1999]
Find the length of a 1" OD hose that is wrapped around a 10-inch cylinder 50 times.

How Can a Line Have Length? [04/14/1998]
If a Euclidean point has no length, how can a union of Euclidean points form a Euclidean line segment with length?

How Many Acute Angles from Three Intersecting Lines? [10/14/2002]
What is the greatest number of acute angles you can make with three intersecting lines?

How Much Carpet is Left? [03/27/1999]
We use rolled carpet in our business and would like to know how much is left on a roll given the remaining diameter...

How Much Does a Beam Bulge When it Expands? [2/24/1996]
Imagine a railroad beam 1/4 mile long fastened at both ends. The beam expands 2" one summer day, causing it to bulge up. How high does it go?

How Much Material to Purchase? [11/01/1997]
Sanchez warehouse wants to install a 3-foot wide ramp from the level floor to the top of the 4-foot high platform...

How to Build a Proof [05/18/1999]
Given: Triangle ABC is a right triangle... Prove: Angle A and angle B are complementary angles.

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