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 Cutting Corners (Posted on 2007-02-27)
Take a polygon with area S1 and pick a number r in [0,1/2]. Take vertex A that connects sides AB and AC and add points M and N on these sides so that AM/AB=AN/AC=r. Cut corner A along MN. Cut all other corners the same way.

After repeating these steps infinite times we will get a figure with an area S2. Let's F(r)=S2/S1. It's clear that F(0)=1 and F(½)=0.

Questions:

(a) What is this function for square?

(b) What is this function for equilateral triangle?

(c) Is it possible to get a circle from a square or from an equilateral triangle this way?

(d) Is it possible that this function is universal for all triangles, or for all rectangles, or for all polygons?

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 re: interesting comparison: regular vs irregular | Comment 10 of 20 |
(In reply to interesting comparison: regular vs irregular by Charlie)

With a quadrilateral that's more irregular than a trapezoid, we do get different numbers:

`                 r              area ratio 4             0.01          0.992585184560644  4             0.03          0.976711455250238  4             0.05          0.959530975162394  4             0.07          0.941145303807876  4             0.09          0.921747612750326  4             0.11          0.901469613592343  4             0.13          0.881071727952944  4             0.15          0.860101205722898  4             0.17          0.838616102659335  4             0.19          0.816661344413935  4             0.21          0.794428980033211  4             0.23          0.772013461755896  4             0.25          0.749211518985067  4             0.27          0.726055772435752  4             0.29          0.702675594782874  4             0.31          0.679331112355033  4             0.33          0.656368891988905  4             0.35          0.633939944936173  4             0.37          0.61399106434176  4             0.39          0.596606076300455  4             0.41          0.584430752007476  4             0.43          0.580753909783496  4             0.45          0.585390263606205  4             0.47          0.589820614770201 `

 Posted by Charlie on 2007-02-28 22:39:05

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