The tag has no wiki summary.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

1
vote
5answers
1k views

Quadrilateral from 4 random points

Given 4 random points in 2D, how do I compute the area of the quadrilateral formed by the points? I'm aware of formulae giving the area when I know the sides a,b,c,d and the diagonals p & q. But ...
3
votes
3answers
226 views

Points contained in a disk [closed]

I have a question, but not sure how to prove this. We are given $n$ points in the Euclidean plane such that there exists no disk of radius $a$ which contains all of the points. Conjecture: There ...
2
votes
1answer
168 views

Generalising Euler's formula to ellipses and three dimensions

Let $D$ be the closed unit disk, $T$ a triangle and $E$ an ellipse with $E\subset T \subset D$. Without loss of generality say that $E$ is centred at Cartesian coordinates $(c, 0)$ with $0\leq c \leq ...
9
votes
3answers
631 views

Neusis constructions

Is there some simple description of which complex numbers are "constructible" with straightedge and compass and neusis? See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Constructible_number and ...
2
votes
1answer
103 views

Approximation of a convex body by a contained polytope

This question deals with approximating a convex body (a compact convex set of $\mathbb{R}^d$ with non-empty interior) by convex polytopes. For a given $\delta$, let $n_\delta$ be the number of faces ...
7
votes
2answers
179 views

How to find a tetrahedron that covers four points?

I’m looking for an explicit formula for the vertices of a regular tetrahedron that covers four given points. In particular: Given four distinct real numbers $a_1$, $a_2$, $a_3$, $a_4$, is there a ...
15
votes
9answers
2k views

Determine if circle is covered by some set of other circles

Suppose you have a set of circles $\mathcal{C} = \{ C_1, \ldots, C_n \}$ each with a fixed radius $r$ but varying centre coordinates. Next, you are given a new circle $C_{n+1}$ with the same radius ...
3
votes
1answer
343 views

What is the correct preposition? (And is there one?)

I just stumbled upon a linguistic problem I wasn't able to resolve via web search. Suppose we're given some geometric set $A$ and subset $B\subset A$. Isn't there a compact way of saying that there ...
1
vote
2answers
62 views

Successive Inner or Outer Approximation of Simple Polygons with Hierarchies of Implicit Functions

The problem I want to solve, is to quickly decide, whether a point $p=(x^*,y^*)$ is inside or outside of a polygon $P := (p_1, p_2,..., p_n=p_1), p_i := (x_i,y_i)$, with $n$ potentially very large. ...
3
votes
0answers
35 views

Number of not self-intersecting closed paths spanning $n$ iid uniform points

Let $X_1,X_2,\dots,X_n$ be independent uniform variables in the square. What is the number of piece-wise linear paths which vertices are all the $X_i$ and that do not self-intersect? In other words, ...
1
vote
3answers
469 views

Characterization of Angles Trisectable with Straightedge and Compass

Lindemann's prove of the transcendence of $\pi$ has settled the question, whether an arbitrary angle can be trisected, using straightedge and compass alone, to the negative. In the following, ...
8
votes
3answers
494 views

On maximal regular polyhedra inscribed in a regular polyhedron

Let T, C, O, D, or I be regular tetrahedron, cube, octahedron, dodecahedron, and icosahedron, respectively. Suppose that the outer polyhedron have edge-length 1. For example, it's easy to prove that ...
3
votes
1answer
83 views

Number of small projections

Suppose $X$ is a finite subset of the plane and for $0\leq \theta<\pi$, let $l_\theta$ denote the line through the origin having angle $\theta$ with the positive $x$-axis. For how many values of ...
10
votes
3answers
277 views

The intersection of $n$ cylinders in $3$-dimensional space

A standard question in vector calculus is to calculate the volume of the shape carved out by the intersection of $2$ or $3$ perpendicular cylinders of radius $1$ in three dimensional space. Such ...
12
votes
2answers
487 views

Right triangle with edge lengths equal to regular unit polygon edge lengths

This question came up naturally recently from a blog post of John Baez. There is an observation of Euclid that edges of a pentagon, hexagon, and decagon inscribed in a unit circle form the edges of a ...
34
votes
1answer
2k views

Probability that a stick randomly broken in five places can form a tetrahedron

The following problem was brought to my attention by a doctoral dissertation on Mathematics Education, but - as far as I know - the solution remains unknown. I have already asked this question on ...
10
votes
1answer
352 views

Heronian triangle with two sides that are prime

Can any prime number form a Heronian triangle with a second prime as another side? I cannot find a second prime to form a Heronian triangle with either 23 or 167. I have checked up to the 10^7th prime ...
10
votes
3answers
688 views

Efficient visibility blockers in Polya's orchard problem

Polya's orchard problem asks for which radius $\rho$ of trees at each lattice point within a distance $R$ of the origin block all lines of sight to the exterior of the orchard. ...
2
votes
2answers
175 views

Equipartition of the circle [closed]

Browsing an old technical studies pupil's school book, I have found the description of a method to place at equal distance $N$ points on the circumference of a circle. I am looking for a proof of this ...
52
votes
10answers
10k views

Is Euclid dead? [closed]

Apparently Euclid died about 2,300 years ago (actually 2,288 to be more precise), but the title of the question refers to the rallying cry of Dieudonné, "A bas Euclide! Mort aux triangles!" ...
18
votes
0answers
286 views

The Eyeball Theorem generalized

I have not seen the 2D Eyeball Theorem—that tangents from the centers of two circles, each encompassing the other, intersect each circle in the same segment length—generalized to higher ...
24
votes
3answers
888 views

About the ratio of the areas of a convex pentagon and the inner pentagon made by the five diagonals

Question : Letting $S{^\prime}$ be the area of the inner pentagon made by the five diagonals of a convex pentagon whose area is $S$, then find the max of $\frac{S^\prime}{S}$. ...
7
votes
10answers
3k views

College (Euclidean) geometry textbook recommendations

I will be teaching a mid-level undergraduate course in Euclidean geometry this fall. Has anyone taught such a course, who can recommend a good textbook? My students will mostly be future high school ...
4
votes
1answer
174 views

Inequality involving the side lengths of a quadrilateral

If $a$, $b$, $c$ and $d$ are the four sides of a quadrilateral, the problem is to show that $ab^2(b-c)+bc^2(c-d)+cd^2(d-a)+da^2(a-b)\ge 0$. I've verified it to be true for quite a large number of ...
15
votes
1answer
411 views

Is the perimeter of an ellipse with integer axes irrational?

Let $Q$ be an ellipse with integer-length axes $a$ and $b$: $$ \frac{x^2}{a^2} + \frac{y^2}{b^2} = 1 \;.$$ The perimeter of $Q$ is given by the complete elliptic integral of the 2nd kind, $E(\;)$: $4 ...
7
votes
1answer
106 views

Shrink polygon to a specific area by offsetting

I have a 2D polygon that I want to shrink by a specific offset (A) to match a certain area ratio (R) of the original polygon. Is there a formula or algorithm for such a problem? I am interested in a ...
13
votes
1answer
180 views

Smallest regular simplex containing the unit cube in $R^n$

What is the length $e_n$ of the edge of the smallest $n$-dimensional regular simplex $S_n$ containing the $n$-dimensional unit cube $Q_n$? In particular, is there $n$ such that ...
41
votes
6answers
4k views

Geometric proof of the Vandermonde determinant?

The Vandermonde matrix is the $n\times n$ matrix whose $(i,j)$-th component is $x_j^{i-1}$, where the $x_j$ are indeterminates. It is well known that the determinant of this matrix is $$\prod_{1\leq ...
2
votes
2answers
133 views

Largest inscribed rectangle inside a convex polygon

It has been proved by Radziszewski in this paper K. Radziszewski. Sur une probleme extremal relatif aux gures inscrites et circonscrites aux gures convexes. Ann. Univ. Mariae Curie-Sklodowska, Sect. ...
1
vote
0answers
78 views

method to construct platonic solids from the circumscribed sphere [closed]

I am trying to find a geometrical method of building the platonic solids starting from the circumscribed sphere. I do have a class of generative 3d modeling where we create 3d object programmatically ...
0
votes
0answers
43 views

Random projections and subspace preservation

Consider a set of points $\{\mathbf{x}_i\}_{i=1}^N$ in a $d$-dimensional linear subspace of $\mathbb{R}^n$ (assume $\{\mathbf{x}_i\}$ span the subspace). The points are projected to a $k$-dimensional ...
2
votes
3answers
295 views

Repeating an operation infinitely makes any convex $n$-gon a regular $n$-gon?

For any convex $n$-gon $P_{0,1}P_{0,2}\cdots P_{0,n}$, let us consider the following operation : Operation : Let $k=0,1,\cdots$. Take $n$ points $P_{k+1,i}\ (i=1,2,\cdots,n)$ outside of $n$-gon ...
3
votes
1answer
117 views

About the 'minimum triangle' which includes a convex bounded closed set

Question : Is the following true? "Letting $K$ be a convex bounded closed set on a plane, then there exists a triangle $M$, which includes $K$, such that $|M|\le 2|K|$. Here, $|M|,|K|$ is the area of ...
1
vote
2answers
106 views

Finding the probability that $n$ points which are randomly selected from $d-1$ dimensional spherical surface are 'semi-spherical'

Let $S^{d-1}=\{(x_1,\cdots,x_{d})\in {\mathbb R}^{d}|{x_1}^2+\cdots+{x_d}^2=1\}$, and let us call the intersection of any $d-1$ dimensional subset which passes through the origin and $S^{d-1}$ 'a ...
22
votes
3answers
649 views

Tetrahedron insphere iteration

I know that iterating the following incircle construction approaches an equilateral triangle in the limit:       Starting with any triangle $T$, one forms $T'$ by connecting ...
5
votes
1answer
155 views

Soddy-type relation for Steiner chains

For Steiner $n$-chains of circles of radii $r_1,\dots,r_n$ tangent to an inner circle of radius $r_-$ and an outer circle of radius $r_+$, is there a Soddy-type relation between the $n+2$ quantities ...
2
votes
1answer
123 views

Embedding of Two Objects Into Higher Dimensions With Their Sum

Given two vector sets, $\vec x_i$ and $\vec y_i$ (for $i$=1,2,...N, but the dimensionality of each vector can be more than N), let their sum set be $\vec z_i = \vec x_i + \vec y_i$. It's easy to ...
1
vote
0answers
72 views

Equidissection of square [duplicate]

Monsky's Theorem states: One cannot dissect a square into an uneven number of triangles with equal area. I was wondering how close one could get to a equidissection, i.e. For $n$ an uneven ...
0
votes
0answers
83 views

About the area of the region where the paper is twofold when you double a piece of paper in the shape of a triangle

Suppose that you have a piece of paper in the shape of a triangle $ABC$ whose area is $S_0$ and that the area of the region where the paper is twofold when you double the paper in two along a line is ...
9
votes
1answer
257 views

Can Tarski decide constructibility in elementary geometry?

Can the decision routine for Tarski's Elementary geometry be extended to decide when an existence claim in that theory can be instantiated by a compass and straightedge construction? The answer does ...
2
votes
5answers
802 views

Circumference of convex shapes

Here is a puzzle I found in "Mitteilungen der DMV" (roughly "Letters of the German Society of Mathematicians") issue 19/2011. It was posed by Alfred Schreiber in "Wie man Hasen fangt" (How to catch ...
5
votes
1answer
287 views

Does an origin-centered ellipse in the plane intersect each $L^p$-circle at most 8 times?

The question is in the title: Let $E$ be an origin-centered ellipse in ${\mathbb R}^2$ and let $S$ be an "$L^p$-circle": $S = \{(x,y) : |x|^p + |y|^p = \text{const}\}$, where $1 \leq p \leq \infty$. ...
5
votes
3answers
945 views

Finding an invisible circle by drawing another line

A friend of mine taught me the following question. He said he found it on a book a few years ago. Though I've tried to solve it, I'm facing difficulty. Question: You know on a plane there is an ...
3
votes
4answers
343 views

Conditions for when an off-centre ellipsoid fits inside the unit ball

An ellipsoid $E$ has centre $\vec{c}=(c_1,c_2,c_3)$ and semiaxes $t_1$, $t_2$ and $t_3$ aligned with the $x$, $y$ and $z$ axes. What are the necessary and sufficient conditions on $\vec{c}$, $t_1$, ...
29
votes
14answers
23k views

If you break a stick at two points chosen uniformly, the probability the three resulting sticks form a triangle is 1/4. Is there a nice proof of this?

There is a standard problem in elementary probability that goes as follows. Consider a stick of length 1. Pick two points uniformly at random on the stick, and break the stick at those points. What ...
5
votes
1answer
122 views

2-layer tilings with a center-of-gravity constraint

I've encountered a tiling problem with a physical constraint that might place it outside the literature on tiling. "Tiling" is a bit of a misnomer; it is a special type of cover. All the tiles are ...
5
votes
1answer
200 views

Symmetric black-hole curves

Is there a curve $C$ that connects $(0,1)$ to $(a,0)$ for some $a>0$, and, when reflected to $C'$ in the $x$-axis, the shape $S=C \cup C'$ has the property that each horizontal light ray entering ...
3
votes
0answers
128 views

Tetrahedra passing through a hole

Assume a plane $P\subset\mathbb R^3$ has a hole $H$, and that the hole is topologically a compact disc. Being so, $P\setminus H$ does not separate the space. A regular tetrahedron $\sigma^3$ (of ...
1
vote
1answer
95 views

Angles and projective metric

Unless I am very wrong, the following seems to be true: If the angle between two vectors in $\mathbb{R}^{n}_{++}$ is small, then the value of the Hilbert projective metric between them is also ...
9
votes
1answer
212 views

Which values can attain the minimum solid angle in a simplex

Given a simplex $S$ with a vertex $v$ by the solid angle at this vertex I mean the value $\hbox{vol}(B \cap S)/\hbox{vol}(B)$ where $B$ is a small enough ball centered at $v$ (for example, in the ...