Take a square piece of paper oriented with its top horizontal. Fold it along any line that passes through the center and forms an angle of between 0 and 45 degrees with the horizontal.
The outline of the resulting shape is a nonagon.
What angle will maximize the perimeter of this nonagon?
What angle will maximize the area of this nonagon?
Is there any other single fold (not through the center) that can do better for either of these?
Playing with Cabri, I get perimeter length of 3.47s, where s is the length of one side of the square at about 35 degrees.
Posted by goFish
on 2006-03-07 15:31:08