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Ellipses and Circles (Posted on 2004-11-29) Difficulty: 5 of 5
1. Find the ellipse of smallest area which circumscribes 2 non-overlapping unit circles.

2. Find the ellipse of smallest area which circumscribes 3 non-overlapping unit circles.

No Solution Yet Submitted by Brian Smith    
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re(2): As far as I plan to get [I'm silly!] [stop me!] | Comment 4 of 6 |
(In reply to re: As far as I plan to get [I'm silly!] by Jer)

Ok, so I went and took the derivative of the expression from my last post.  When I set it equal to zero, a lot simplified.

The solution for b is the positive root of b^3 + b^2 - 2b - 1 =0

-Jer


  Posted by Jer on 2004-11-30 18:52:44
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