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bhelmes 2017-11-09 18:43

angle bisection
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a, b, c element N are known, where a, b, c build a pyth. trippel with a^2+b^2=c^2

tan (alpha)=a/b

is there a way to calculate tan (alpha/2) without using the angle ?
if not, how accurate i have to choose alpha to get a good result /
the rational number of tan (alpha/2) ?

Thanks in advance, if you give me a hint.

Greetings from the primes :loco::beatdown: :pals:

R. Gerbicz 2017-11-09 18:53


a1call 2017-11-09 20:05

To state the obvious the half tenant of alpha goes from
1/2 of the tan (alpha) for alpha=0°
1 for alpha=90°
So to get a good result for alpha=1°, just divide the tangent by 2
And for alpha= 89°
Calculate the arctan With very little accuracy,
Divide by 2 and calculate the tangent which should be very close to 1.

WMHalsdorf 2017-11-09 20:56

Where a, b, c build a pyth. trippel with a^2+b^2=c^2

tan (alpha)=a/b


Dr Sardonicus 2017-11-09 22:16


a1call 2017-11-12 20:10

I have been thinking about this topic and find it quite interesting.

For a tangent in the range of 45° to 90° (1 to ∞), the half tangent ranges from (0.41 to 1).
You could think of this in many different ways. For example as an infinite increase in precision. Or, since bisecting an angle is s constructible process (it can be done using a compass and a straight edge), it is conceivable to have mechanical machine which with a theoretical 0 thickness parts can infinity magnify a force. Of course in practice the magnification will be limited by the >0 thickness of the parts.
I haven't been able to think of an electronic equivalent but it could exist and would be quite interesting, at least in a theoretical sense.

a1call 2017-11-13 12:15

I did some more thinking.
A similar concept would be a bow with infinity non stretchable string.
Such a (theoretical) string would exert a force to the bow that is infinite times of any pulling force applied to it at t0. However the gain would very quickly drop to a very low finite value exponentially, past t0.

alpertron 2017-11-13 12:33

[QUOTE=Dr Sardonicus;471436][tex]tan(\frac{\alpha}{2})=\frac{sin(\frac{\alpha}{2})}{cos(\frac{\alpha}{2})}=

It appears that you typed extra end of line characters inside the identities. After deleting these, we can see the formulas:


Dr Sardonicus 2017-11-13 16:24

[QUOTE=alpertron;471698]It appears that you typed extra end of line characters inside the identities. After deleting these, we can see the formulas[/QUOTE]
Hmm, must be a difference in display settings, the two look exactly the same to me!

In any event, a theoretically more satisfactory approach, applicable to dividing an angle by any positive integer, is to use the multiple-angle formulas to get a polynomial equation for the required trig function. In the case of the tangent, let t = tan(\theta). Then, for k a positive integer, [tex]tan(k\theta)[/tex] may be expressed as Im(1+i*t)^k/Re(1 + i*t)^k. Setting this rational expression equal to a given value for [tex]\tan(k\theta)[/tex] gives a polynomial for t = [tex]\tan(\theta)[/tex]. The zeroes of the polynomial are [tex]\tan(\theta + j\pi/k)[/tex], j = 0 to k-1.

In the case k = 2, the rational expression is 2t/(1 - t^2).

bhelmes 2017-11-16 19:54

Thanks a lot for these informations. :pals:

There is a question which follows immediately:

If a, b, c element N and a² + b² = c² you can calculate tan (alpha)
and tan (alpha/2)

Is it possible to transform the tan (alpha/2) into a pyth. trippel with a*, b*, c*

I thought that a*, b*, c* should be element N again,

Example a=7, b=24, c=25 tan (alpha/2)=(c-b)/a=1/7
(very elegant solution! :big grin:)
But 1²+7²=50 so that c=sqrt (50) and c is not element N

On the other hand i thought that the pyth trippel form a group.

Somewhere there is a logical mistake. :loco:

Would be nice, if someone could give a hint.

Greetings from the pyth. trippel


Nick 2017-11-16 20:27

We gave a complete parametrization of all primitive Pythagorean triples in the Number Theory discussion group here:

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