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5 Puzzlers

5 clever geometry puzzlers. Can you solve them all?

Tags: puzzlers, geometry

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Parallels and Reflections
Parallels and Reflections
Given triangle ABC, parallel lines DC and EA are reflected in BC and BA respectively. What is the locus of F, the intersection of the reflected lines? (This problem comes from Alex Turzillo's project entitled “Geometric Measure of Aberration in Parabolic Caustics”).

Tags: puzzlers, geometry, parallels, locus

Not a spline
Not a spline
Where do you put the control points of a cubic spline in order for the spline to be a piece of a parabola? Explore here.  Prove using Geometry Expressions (or by hand).

Tags: spline, parabola

Trammel foci
Trammel foci
Altering |AB| and |AC| changes the ellipse. Can you find a relationship between |AB|, AC| and |DE|, the distance between the foci?

Tags: ellipse, foci, trammel, principal-axes

Circle isotomic and Conchoid
Circle isotomic and Conchoid
The circle isotomic with respect to P is the locus of the reflection of P in the tangents of the circle. The Conchoid is the locus of the points a given fixed distance from a point on the circle, and lying on a line through that point and P.

Tags: conchoid, circle, isotomic

Archimedes Angle Theorem
Archimedes Angle Theorem
A is the circle center, and |AB| = |BD|. What is the relationship between angle CAE and angle BDA? You can drag B and C and watch it change. Can you prove the relationship? This is an example from Archimedes Book of Lemmas.

Tags: Archimedes, circle, angle


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