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ERIC Number: EJ831754
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Mar
Pages: 5
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Reference Count: 0
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ISSN: ISSN-0268-3679
The Wonky Trammel of Archimedes
Sangwin, Chris
Teaching Mathematics and Its Applications: An International Journal of the IMA, v28 n1 p48-52 Mar 2009
This article examines the ellipsograph of Archimedes, also known as the locus problem of Franciscus van Schooten, and related mechanisms. We not only solve the algebraic system explicitly, but we also reverse engineer the problem and find configurations that provide a particular solution. Using the modern techniques of polynomial Grobner Bases we show this can be used as a traditional compass, as a straight edge (to draw a straight line) and as an ellipsograph to trace ellipses.
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Language: English
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