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== Calculations == 
== Calculations == 

−  +  Let alpha = arcsin(1/sqrt(3)) = 35.264 degrees, be the semiapex angle of an equilateral squarebased prism. 

(A mnemonic for this is that the inclination of a face is 54.7 degrees, which is the complement, and is half the wellknown "bond angle of methane" at 109 degrees 28 minutes, which I've always remembered for some reason). 
(A mnemonic for this is that the inclination of a face is 54.7 degrees, which is the complement, and is half the wellknown "bond angle of methane" at 109 degrees 28 minutes, which I've always remembered for some reason). 

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Then each segment of the curve moves through 2*alpha  60 degrees = 10.528 degrees 
Then each segment of the curve moves through 2*alpha  60 degrees = 10.528 degrees 

−  So, 34 segments move 
+  So, 34 segments move through 357 degrees, which is just 3 degrees short of a complete circle, and easily close enough for the structure to absornb the error. 
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== Examples == 
== Examples == 
Revision as of 17:52, 21 June 2007
Definition
[[{{{PageTitle}}}Suspended Circle ]]  
Type  Abstract 
Panels  44 × 
Rods  353 × 
Spheres  131 × 
Author  Jeffkoslo 22:05, 3 May 2007 (UTC) 
A fully suspended closed circle on two support legs. The loop is composed of 34 segments, alternating trianges with pyramids.
Building Instructions
 Create the bottom arc of 9 segments.
 Add the support legs downward from the ends of the arc.
 Continue adding segments upwards to complete the entire circle.
 Keep the two sides balanced as you are building upwards.
Calculations
Let alpha = arcsin(1/sqrt(3)) = 35.264 degrees, be the semiapex angle of an equilateral squarebased prism.
(A mnemonic for this is that the inclination of a face is 54.7 degrees, which is the complement, and is half the wellknown "bond angle of methane" at 109 degrees 28 minutes, which I've always remembered for some reason).
Then each segment of the curve moves through 2*alpha  60 degrees = 10.528 degrees
So, 34 segments move through 357 degrees, which is just 3 degrees short of a complete circle, and easily close enough for the structure to absornb the error.
Examples
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