The nonagon is another polygon that cannot be constructed with ruler and the compass (see OEIS sequence A004169). However, the nonagon can be constructed using conics (see OEIS sequence A051913). In this post I want to show how we can use the intersection of the Lill circle of the polynomial x3 – 0.75x + 0.125… Continue reading The Nonagon, Hyperbola and Lill’s Method

# Category: Cubic

## The Heptagon, Hyperbola and Lill’s Circle

The heptagon cannot be constructed with just a ruler and a compass. However, in this post I’ll show how you can construct the heptagon using a hyperbola and the Lill’s circle of a third degree polynomial. The heptagon construction is very similar in nature to my trisection construction that I presented in my “Trisection Hyperbolas… Continue reading The Heptagon, Hyperbola and Lill’s Circle

## Trisection Hyperbolas and Lill’s Circle

In my previous blog post about trisection “Angle Trisection: a Neusis Construction using Lill’s Method and Lill’s Circle”, I showed a “mechanical” method for trisecting an angle smaller than 90 degrees. The neusis construction involved the Lill’s method representation of cubic equations of the form x3 -3tan(θ)x2 -3x + tan(θ). These cubic equations have 3 real… Continue reading Trisection Hyperbolas and Lill’s Circle

## Angle Trisection: a Neusis Construction using Lill’s Method and Lill’s Circle

The problem of trisecting an angle using just a compass and a straightedge is an impossible problem. However, the problem of angle trisection can be solved if we are allowed the use of a marked ruler. Geometric constructions that use a marked ruler are called neusis constructions. You can learn more about the topic of… Continue reading Angle Trisection: a Neusis Construction using Lill’s Method and Lill’s Circle