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Lining up coins visually using geometry and trigonometry 
20071231 

From Jessica: a) In what order would you arrange a penny, a nickel, a dime, a quarter, and a halfdollar so that they all have the same apparent size? The diameters of the coins, in thousandths of inches, are as follows: penny, 750; nickel, 835; dime, 705; quarter, 955; halfdollar, 1205.
b) How should the coins be placed, if the distance between the dime and the halfdollar is 100 units?
How far from thw dime should your eye be to see that all the coins have the same apparent size?
c) What angle do the coins subtend when they have the same apparent size? Answered by Stephen La Rocque. 





The interior angles of a right triangle 
20060520 

From Greg: I am wondering if there is a way to figure out the interior angles of a right triangle if we know ONLY the side lengths, and the trick is, we CANNOT use arctangent! Answered by Leeanne Boehm and Penny Nom. 


