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A problem in elementary geometry

Let us have a triangle ABC in the Cartesian plane and consider the following transformation of this triangle: On the ray AB starting at A, select a point B' so that so that |AB'|=|AC|. Likewise, ...
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what is the ratio of top and bottem of an inverted truncated square pyramid? [closed]

is there a ratio between the smaller base of an inverted truncated square pyramid and the larger top of the inverted truncated square pyramid regarding the length of its sides before it is unstable?
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Explicitly describing the region of the plane “outward of” a simple, open, oriented, cubic curve $c:(0,1)\to\mathbb{R}^2$

Some Context: I'm working with some data given in the form of Bezier curves. I need to sort these (partially ordered) Bezier curves by "outwardness" (described below) and have come across an ...
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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. ...
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Maximal Number of Pairs of Orthogonal vectors in a set of $n$ vectors in $\mathbb{R}^3$

Suppose you are given a set of $n$ non-zero vectors in $\mathbb{R}^3$. What is the maximum number of pairs of them that are orthogonal? The current guess is $\le 2n$. EDIT: I forgot to add that no ...
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Terminology for polygons

As you may know term "polygon" might mean few different things and its meaning has to guessed from context. By some reason I have to use few of these meaning in one place. So I converge to the ...
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Geometric meaning of trigonometric relations

According to a paper by Zhiqin Lu in the Mathematical Gazette (the British publication, not the Boston-area newsletter, if that still exists (or even if it doesn't)) in 2007(?), if $u+v+w=\pi$ and ...
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Pairwise distance distribution for point clouds (normal distribution) [closed]

I have a point cloud (2D for now) of $N$ normally distributed points (with a certain $\sigma$). My first question would be how the pairwise distance distribution looks (just by chance I discovered a ...
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Equality of Euclidean numbers / constructible numbers

Euclidean numbers are those real number that can be constructed from the natural numbers by a finite chain of +,-,*,/ and $\sqrt{}$. They are also called Constructible Numbers. I am now interested in ...
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Ricocheting pinball-like shot: Complexity?

Suppose one has $n$ perfect two-sided mirror segments in the plane $\mathbb{R}^2$. The segments are open, excluding their endpoints. They are disjoint as closed segments, i.e., no pair shares an ...
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Euclid with Birkhoff

I'm looking for an short and elementary book which does Euclidean geomety with Birkhoff's axioms. It would be best if it would also include some topics in projective (and/or) hyperbolic geometry. ...
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Probability that a stick randomly broken in five places can form a tetrahedron

Edit (June 2015): Addressing this problem is a brief project report from the Illinois Geometry Lab (University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), dated May 2015, that appears here along with a ...
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What is the distribution of the maximum nearest-neighbor distance of a point cloud sampled from a solid body like?

Let $\mathcal{B} \subseteq \mathbb{R}^n$ be an $n$-dimensional solid body. Assume that we sample $N$ points, say $S = \{ x_1, ..., x_N \}$, from $\mathcal{B}$ uniformly at random. Consider the ...
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Elementary proof of a triangular grid lemma

I am looking for an elementary proof of the following lemma, which concerns what Green and Tao call "triangular grids" (see arXiv:1208.4714). Let $a_1$, $a_2$, $a_3$, $a_4$, $b_1$, $b_2$ be six ...
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Penrose tiling substitution is bijective

Let $\mathcal{P}$ a Penrose tiling built by a substitution $\omega$ with two triangles. It is claimed, for instance, in the article of Anderson and Putnam "Topological invariants for substitution ...
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Projecting a convex partition onto a convex set

Say that $X$ and $Y$ are two convex regions in the plane, and suppose that $X \subset Y$. Further suppose that $Y$ is partitioned into disjoint convex subsets $Y_1 ,\dots, Y_n$. Is there a way of ...
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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 ...
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What is the best *general triangle*?

During courses on geometry it is sometimes necessary to draw a triangle on the blackboard that can easily be recognized as a general triangle. It must not be rectangular and must not have two or more ...
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Using mirrors to make a non-convex polygon visible from a fixed interior point

Take a point $A$ inside a non-convex polygon $P$. Is it always possible to place a finite set of mirrors given by straight segments (not necessarily along the boundary of $P$, any position inside $P$ ...
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What sort of models did Bolyai and Lobachevsky use to demonstrate the consistency of their models of non-Euclidean Geometry?

As is well-known, in the 1820s both Bolyai and Lobachevsky showed, at long last, the independence of the Parallel Postulate from the rest of the axioms of Euclidean geometry by developing what we now ...
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Find minimum-area ellipse which encloses two ellipses

I need an efficient algorithm to find the ellipse with the smallest possible area which encloses two given ellipses. The given ellipses are constrained to have coincident centers at the origin but can ...
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Find minimum-area ellipse enclosing a set of ellipses, all centered at the origin

Given a set of N > 2 (two-dimensional and coplanar) ellipses, all centered at the origin, how do I find the ellipse with the minimum area which encloses all of them? Background: Thanks to Will Jagy ...
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Minimum distance between two arbitrary circles in space?

What is the minimum distance between two arbitrary circles in space? I am working out the problem with Maxima, but I am surprised by how complicated this rapidly turns out to unfold for such a ...
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Mutually tangent ellipsoids in 3 space

I recently heard a claim that for any n, it is possible to arrange n ellipsoids in 3 space such that each pair of ellipsoids is kissing. Is this true, and if so, how? Edit: By kissing, I mean that I ...
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Open problems in Euclidean geometry?

Which are some (research level) open problems in Euclidean geometry ? (Edit: I ask just out of curiosity, to understand how -and if- nowadays this is not a "dead" field yet) I should clarify a ...
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Dividing a convex region to minimize average distances

Let $C$ be a convex region in the plane with area 1 that contains distinct points $p_1,\dots,p_n$. Say I'd like to divide $C$ into $n$ pieces $C_1,\dots,C_n$, each of area $1/n$, and I'd like to ...
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Segments on a family of parallel lines

Let $\{l_i:i\in I\}$ be a family of parallel lines on the plane $\mathbb{R}^2$. Suppose for each $i\in I$ there is a closed segment $s_i\subset l_i$. Moreover, for each triple $i_1,i_2,i_3$ there ...
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How large can a set of nearly equidistant points be?

Suppose that $D$ is a set of points in $\mathbb{R}^{k}$ such that all pairwise distances between them belong to $[1,1+\epsilon]$. It seems that such a set cannot be very large and that its ...
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Is there a term for “ranked distance” matrices?

In a n by n "ranked distance matrix" each element has a rank $r_{ij}$ between 1 and n that indicates it is the $r_{ij}$th smallest element in column $i$ of a corresponding Euclidean distance matrix. ...
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Angle subtended by the shortest segment that bisects the area of a convex polygon

Let $C$ be a convex polygon in the plane and let $s$ be the shortest line segment (I believe this is called a "chord") that divides the area of $C$ in half. What is the smallest angle that $s$ could ...
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Definition of area

I am looking for an attractive, but rigorous definition of area; say in Euclidean plane. Probably there is no short definition. It is OK to make it even longer, but can it be built from useful parts ...
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Elementary problem about triangles inside a convex polygon

Let P be a convex polygon with area A(P), and to each side of P, attach the largest area triangle possible that lies entirely within P. Must the sum S(P) of the areas of these triangles always satisfy ...
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Did Lucas discover Lucas circles?

MathWord's article on Lucas circles traces the name to a little-known 1973 publication. These interesting circles have found their way into several 21st century publications, including the online ...
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Geometric realization of an abstract triangulation of the plane

Can every abstract simplicial complex whose geometric realization is homeomorphic to $\mathbb{R}^2$ be realized by a rectilinear triangulation of the Euclidean plane? Alternatively put, can a curvy ...
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Examples of Geometric Constructions in Higher Dimensions

The classical problem of geometric construction seems to be restricted to planar Euclidean Geometry with straight edge and compass as the only admissible "construction-tools". I would like to ...
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ten concurrent lines

this relates to a question asked at MSE. i was able to find an answer using complex numbers. here is the question: there are five points on a circle. take any three points, through the centroid of ...
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Isomorphic but non-conjugate subgroups of $GL(n,\mathbb{Z})$ ?

I've been asked some questions by a friend interested in crystallography, and the following questions (I'm not an expert) came spontaneous to me: 1) Are there two finite subgroups ...
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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 ...
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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 ...
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In which geometries do triangles have an Euler line?

In Euclidean geometry, the centroid, orthocenter and circumcenter of a triangle lie on a line. In which other geometries does this hold?
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Focus of parabola using only a ruler

It is an easy exercise that using ruler and compass one find the focus of a given parabola. Can one do the same using only a ruler? -- if not, why?
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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 ...
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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 ...
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Measuring the Randomness and Statistics of Convex Polygons

How can I tell, how likely it is, that a given convex polygon with a sufficiently high number of edges is random and, if so, what kind of randomness it is (e.g. white noise)? What is known about ...
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Applications of n-dimensional crystallographic groups

I would like to know what are the applications of the theory of $n$-dimensional crystallographic groups (aka space groups) 1) in mathematics 2) outside of mathematics, besides the applications to ...
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Origami Constructions: Intersecting two Circles

It is well known that every construction that can be performed with compass and straightedge alone can also be performed using origami, see: R. Geretschlager. Euclidean Constructions and the Geometry ...
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How can we join two points with a small ruler? [closed]

We want to join by a line two distinct points $A$ and $B$. We have only a ruler of length $l>0$ and a pen. If $AB>l$ how can we do this? Imagine a method that works when $AB$ is really huge and ...
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How large can you draw an island on a map?

A cartographer friend asked me this question: could you classify (shapes of) islands by how much space they occupy on a map (comparatively to how much space is occupied by water) if you draw them as ...
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Calculating the “Belvedere Hull” of a Simple Planar Polygon

As an informal motivation the problem, imagine a tower with polygonal footprint, that is located in a beautiful landscape, the "Belvedere Hull" is then related to the directions, in which one would ...
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Term for “uncheckable constructions”

Is there a term for "uncheckable geometric constructions"? Say, Angle Trisection and Doubling the Cube are checkable; i.e., if the answer is given one can do finite Compass-and-straightedge ...