Start with any triangle T1 and its inscribed circle. Draw the
triangle T2 which has its vertices at the points of contact between
the triangle T1 and its incircle. Now keep repeating this process
starting with T2 to form a sequence of nested triangles and
circles. What happens to the triangles? You may like to investigate
this interactively on the computer or by drawing with ruler and
compasses. If the angles in the first triangle are a, b and c prove
that the angles in the second triangle are given (in degrees) by
f(x) = (90 - x/2) where x takes the values a, b and c. Choose some
triangles, investigate this iteration numerically and try to give
reasons for what happens. Investigate what happens if you reverse
this process (triangle to circumcircle to triangle...)
A kite shaped lawn consists of an equilateral triangle ABC of side 130 feet and an isosceles triangle BCD in which BD and CD are of length 169 feet. A gardener has a motor mower which cuts strips of grass exactly one foot wide and wishes to cut the entire lawn in parallel strips. What is the minimum number of strips the gardener must mow?
A quadrilateral inscribed in a unit circle has sides of lengths s1, s2, s3 and s4 where s1 ≤ s2 ≤ s3 ≤ s4.
Find a quadrilateral of this type for which s1= sqrt2 and show s1 cannot be greater than sqrt2.
Find a quadrilateral of this type for which s2 is approximately sqrt3and show that s2 is always less than sqrt3.
Find a quadrilateral of this type for which s3 is approximately 2 and show that s2 is always less than 2.
Find a quadrilateral of this type for which s4=2 and show that s4 cannot be greater than 2.