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

# Category: math

## 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

## The Vertex, Axis of Symmetry and Corresponding Fregier Points for Parabola Points

In my blog post “Frégier’s Theorem and Frégier Points” I introduced Fregier’s theorem. In this post I want to show an alternative way of constructing or finding the corresponding Fregier points for points on a Parabola. This alternative method makes use of the Vertex point and the parabola’s axis of symmetry. I am not sure… Continue reading The Vertex, Axis of Symmetry and Corresponding Fregier Points for Parabola Points

## Whittaker’s Root Series: Going Transcendental

Whittaker’s Root Series formula is an interesting method that can be used to calculate the root with the smallest absolute value of a polynomial equation. The formula creates a geometrically convergent infinite series using the determinants of a special class of Toeplitz matrices. These Toeplitz matrices are generated using the coefficients of the polynomial equation.… Continue reading Whittaker’s Root Series: Going Transcendental

## 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

## Lill’s method and the Philo Line for Right Angles

(Note: This is an article from 2016 that I posted on Hubpages. In this article I used Riaz’s way of illustrating Lill’s method. To become more familiar with Lill’s method I recommend going through the links provided in my Lill’s Method page. Also see my Papers page and my Lill’s method articles/posts. ) In this… Continue reading Lill’s method and the Philo Line for Right Angles

## Frégier’s Theorem and Frégier Points

Due to the properties of the Frégier point, Frégier’s theorem provides a practical means of constructing with straightedge and square the tangent to a conic at any point on the respective conic. Constructing a Frégier point is very easy and the procedure is the same for any type of conic section (parabola, hyperbola, ellipse or circle). Right… Continue reading Frégier’s Theorem and Frégier Points

## A Very Easy Method to Inscribe a Regular Pentagon in a Circle

The classical way of inscribing a regular pentagon in a circle is discussed in Book IV, Proposition 11 of Euclid’s Elements. The method of Euclid is a bit complicated since it requires first to draw a golden triangle (a 72-72-36 triangle) and then to inscribe the triangle in the given circle. In this post I… Continue reading A Very Easy Method to Inscribe a Regular Pentagon in a Circle

## Lill’s Method and Geometric Solutions to Quadratic Equations With Complex Roots

I already wrote a paper called “Lill’s Method and Graphical Solutions to Quadratic Equations” that shows how to solve quadratic equations using Lill’s method. In this post I want to show an alternative way of solving quadratic equations that have complex or imaginary roots. This method was briefly mentioned in the paper “Geometric Solution of… Continue reading Lill’s Method and Geometric Solutions to Quadratic Equations With Complex Roots

## The Hexagram/Six Pointed Star/Star of David and the Golden Ratio

Many people that are familiar with the golden ratio ( Φ = 0.5(1+ 50.5) which is about 1.61803), know that it appears very often in the proportions of the pentagon and the pentagram. In this post I want to present a diagram that connects the golden ratio with the regular hexagram or the six pointed… Continue reading The Hexagram/Six Pointed Star/Star of David and the Golden Ratio