GT #7: New Word I Learned LatelyFriday, August 12, 2011
Due to my hectic offline life, I wasn't able to post an entry for Girls Talk last week. Even though I'm one day late for this week topic, I am making a quick post to share the latest addition in my vocabulary.
I encountered this word sometime in July this year while I am helping my 5 year old daughter in her homework about prisms in Mathematics. Mind you, I even ask her how to pronounce the word. And on the following day, I consulted my friend Google about the meaning of the word (phrase). I don't want to keep you guessing, so here it is:
(mathematics) A closed plane curve, not actually a triangle, that consists of three arcs, each of which joins two vertices of an equilateral triangle and is part of a circle centered at the remaining vertex.
A Reuleaux triangle is, apart from the trivial case of the circle, the simplest and best known Reuleaux polygon, a curve of constant width. The separation of two parallel lines tangent to the curve is independent of their orientation. The term derives from Franz Reuleaux, a 19th-century German engineer who did pioneering work on ways that machines translate one type of motion into another, although the concept was known before his time.
Read more: http://www.answers.com/topic/reuleaux-triangle#ixzz1Unr8VRlt
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