Determine whether the following construction is possible:
Dissect an equilateral triangle into 9 similar triangles with angles of 45, 60 and 75 degrees; one at each corner and the other six meeting at a point and forming a hexagon.
Inscribe 6 points (A,X,B,Y,C,Z in order) around a circle with centre O. X B
s A x
O Y n
t Z C
Join A, B & C to form an equilateral triangle.
Inscribe point "n" on AC as an intersection with XZ.
With centre A and radius |An| inscribe point "x" on AO. [This creates a 30º iscoseles triangle].
Extend nx to intersect AB at r.
Join O to n and O to r.
Repeat for vertices B and C.
Now while this construction does have the triangles at the vertices of the equilateral having 45º, 60º and 75º, those around the incentre do not comply.
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Looking at that drawing and offsetting line nr
closer and closer to A so that angle nrO becomes 60º, the other angles of the ΔnrO are more like 71º and 49º (though not exactly).
Edited on July 20, 2012, 10:25 pm
Posted by brianjn
on 2012-07-20 08:54:59