 2021-10-18, 20:17   #23
R. Gerbicz

"Robert Gerbicz"
Oct 2005
Hungary

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 Originally Posted by Dr Sardonicus You might like Constructing 17, 257, and 65537 sided polygons See also the references in Wolfram Mathworld's 257-gon. The one by author Richelot, F. J. looks like it's right up your alley.
Still in high school's math camp we constructed a regular 17-gon.

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 Originally Posted by a1call Similarly for 3*17=51 gon 1/3-3/17= 8/51 of a circle. Then you can bisect 3 times to get 1/51 of a circle.
There is an elementary way to show that if you can make a regular m and n-gon [using straightedge and compass] and gcd(m,n)=1 then you can make a regular m*n-gon. Because making a regular k-gon is equivalent with constructing a 2*Pi/k angle.

So we can make a 2*Pi/n and 2*Pi/m angle.

We assumed that gcd(m,n)=1 so with extended Euclidean algorithm there exists x and y integers:

n*x+m*y=1 divide this equation by m*n

x/m+y/n=1/(m*n) multiplie by 2*Pi

x*(2*Pi/m)+y*(2*Pi/n)=2*Pi/(m*n), what we needed.  