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Sixteen-sided Window

Date: 08/05/97 at 23:56:14
From: Robert Richards
Subject: Lengths of a sixteen-sided circle

I am trying to cut a window for my twin girls' playhouse and would 
like to make a sixteen-sided window to go in the second floor hallway. 
I have tried to lay it out on cardboard using about every increment I 
can calculate for the total but it still doesn't work out. Can you 
help me out so I can tell where I am going wrong?

Date: 08/12/97 at 13:22:10
From: Doctor Rob
Subject: Re: Lengths of a sixteen-sided circle

You want the length of the side of a regular 16-sided polygon, right?

Draw a circle of diameter d.  Pick a point on the circle to be the
starting point.  Mark off points around the circle at regular 
intervals, to be connected up to make your 16-gon.  You want to know 
what the length of these sides will be.

The answer is d*Sqrt[2 - Sqrt[2 + Sqrt[2]]]/2.  This is approximately
0.19509*d.  The central angle that each side corresponds to is 22.5

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