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 Circles Abound (2) (Posted on 2004-10-17)
I've a black circle of radius 5.

I wish to create 5 identical white circles of some lesser radius, which I will place on top of the black circle and completely obscure (cover) the black circle.

What is the smallest radius which I can make the smaller circles and still meet my requirement?

 No Solution Yet Submitted by SilverKnight Rating: 3.3333 (3 votes)

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 re: Phi Again | Comment 8 of 11 |

What I said was "the radius ratio of .609383:1 is given as optimal whereas the pentagon approach gives .618034:1." And, yes, .618034.. is the reciprocal of phi which not too surprisingly arises in the symmetrical case where a regular pentagon is involved.

The .609383 optimal case is not symmetrical, and the documented solutions where it is found are messy to say the least -- so messy, in fact, that they raise the difficulty level to 4+ if not indeed to 5, IMHO. Good luck all (Jer especially) in your attempts to nail down the .609383 on your own.

 Posted by Richard on 2004-10-19 06:22:02

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