







The name of an equation 
20061113 

From Lee: I am struggling to find the name of the following equation. I remember watching a TV programme introduced by Arthur C Clarke. The programme focused on an equation that gave a wonderful pattern that went on into infinity. Two maths professors discussed this equation.It was described as 'Gods equation' as it was compared to the shape of trees and other shapes in nature. It was named after the inventor/discoverer. If you have any ideas i would be most grateful. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The golden ratio 
20041231 

From Cristina: let x represent the longer segment. to find the golden ratio, write a proportion such that the longer of the two segments is the geometric mean between the shorter segment and the entire segment.Use the quadratic Formula to solve the proportion for X. Find the value in both radical and decimal form. Answered by Penny Nom. 





AB/AP=AP/PB 
20031120 

From James: My name is James McBride. I'm having a difficult time with a pre calculus problem, which goes as follows: "show that AB/AP=AP/PB is equal to (1+5^1/2)/2 (one plus the sqaure root of five with the sum divided by two. I can't do the square root sign, sorry.) I have tried to solve for PB in terms of the other varialbles and then work the quadratic equation. THAT DOES NOT WORK!!!! I am befuddled. Please help me. I am a student of secondary level. Answered by Penny Nom. 





The golden ratio 
20030923 

From Phillip: The Golden Section can be made from an equilatereral triangle inscribed within a circle. The Golden Section is achieved by joining the mid points of two arms of the triangle to the circumference. I can prove this by erecting a perpendicular to the line outside the circle, but am interested to see how it can be proved from within the circle. Answered by Chris Fisher. 





Fibonacci Numbers 
19991215 

From Gary Nelb: I'm doing a project on fibonacci numbers and I'm using different starting values and finding out if different starting values to see whether or not the ratios still get closer to phi. I was wondering, what numbers should I use. Should I use two of the same # like 2 and 2, or numbers like 1 and 2, or even something totally different. Answered by Denis Hanson. 





Nombre d'or 
20031031 

From Claude:
Comment démontrer que si a/b est égal au nombre d'or alors a+b/a est égal aussi au nombre d'or Comment faut t il choisir a et b pour que le puzzle de lewis caroll soit réalisable? on sait déjà que les nombres 8 et 5 ainsi que 6 et 3 ne sont pas valables. Answered by Claude Tardif. 





le nombre d'or 
20000614 

From Belhaj Saad: quel est le nombre d'or? Answered by Claude Tardif. 

