Another Equilateral Comparison
I first considered the question on 10/10/11, comparing the 10-10-11 triangle and the 10-11-11 triangle. After a spirited discussion, I offered one approach to the question here. The problem gave me lots to think about, both mathematically and pedagogically, and I reflected on what I liked about this problem here.
But as 12/11/11 and 12/12/11 pass, I thought I’d revisit my strategy for answering the question “Which triangle is more equilateral?”
My basic strategy, outlined in more detail here, is to ultimately to quantify the circleness of each triangle. To me, being equilateral is all about trying to be as much like a circle as possible. So I created a measure to determine how close to circlehood a triangle is. Here are the numbers.
The 11-12-12 triangle’s measure is closer to 1, thus making it the more equilateral triangle.
- Which Triangle is More Equilateral?
- Which Triangle is More Equilateral? Part II
- Which Triangle is More Equilateral? 2012 Edition
- An Ode to Equilateralism