Saturday, May 23rd, 2015 05:28 pm

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I'm trying to enclose a rectangle of known dimensions within an ellipse and expand the ellipse thirty feet from each angle. No, Pythagorean theorum didn't work (why????????), I tried expanding the rectangle theoretically by thirty feet at all diagonals, I tried magic.

I have Pythagged, sined, cosined, tangented and right now I could pass my junior trig and geometry with a A, but I

*cannot make a fucking ellipse*that's perimeter entirely encloses a rectangle of known dimensions that is at least

**one hundred feet**from the closest point in the rectangle.

What. Do. I. Need. To. Do?

Assume all measurements in feet, m is the multiplier to get the ratio to recalculate w, h to a, b for second rectangle and expanded ellipse.

Formula to calculate an ellipse: https://www.mathsisfun.com/geometry/

Current Rectangle:

w = 2640

h = 450

d = Sqr(x) = (w ^ 2) + (h ^ 2) = 2678.0776

p of rec = 6180

p of ellipse = 5487.4475

Increasing the diagonal by 100 at all angles

d2 = 2678.0776 + (

**100***4) = 3078.0776

(Corrected 30 to 100; I couldn't make thirty work at all).

I thought it was working with this formula:

New Rectangle:

m = d2/d = 3078.0776/2678.0776 = 1.1493

a = w * m = 2640 * 1.1403 = 3034.3126

b = h * m = 450 * 1.1403 = 517.2123

p of new rect: 7.103.0501

p of new ellipse = 6304.7578

It could work, but I'm not sure, because when I start expanding the rectangle itself and apply the formula to get real ellipse and new ellipse, it doesn't work and I don't know why. The only explanation I have is that I'm changing the height and width too much, but the same results occur no matter what I do.

Second group:

w = 10560

h = 24390

d = Sqr(x) = (w ^ 2) + (h ^ 2) = 26,577.9175

p of rect = 69,900

p of ellipse = 57,070.34402

Increasing the diagonal by 100 at all angles

d2 = 26577.9175 + (100*4) = 26977.9175

I thought it was working with this formula:

m = d2/d = 26977.9175/26577.9175 = 1.015

a = w * m = 10560 * 1.015 = 10718.92893

b = h * m = 24390 * 1.015 = 24757.07165

p of rect: 70952.00116

p of new ellipse = 57,747.0583

What is wrong with my brain that this isn't working? I verified my results with google and it agrees something is wrong with either a.) my brain or b.) geometry. I think it's geometry. I get ellipse calculations are complicated, but I double checked that part a few times and it's working, I think. At least, google thinks so when I enter my numbers to get the smallest ellipse but this is making no sense why I can't get that second one to work.

I'm listening to

*country music*and not like,

*Girl in a Country Song*but stuff like

*The Dance*and

*The Thunder Rolls*and

*Straight Tequila Night*and

*The Bluest Eyes in Texas*and

*(this is the South; we like to be detailed about how you are breaking our hearts, fucker). This is*

**I'd Be Better Off (In a Pine Box) (On a Slow Train Down to Georgia)***Southern wake after the death of grandma*level shit here; this is when we drink Southern Comfort and Wild Turkey and a metric ton of margaritas (if your Southern is Texan), eat potato salad and fried

*anything*, and everyone gets drunk, talks about their rifles and family scandals and at some point one to three parents have a knock-down drag out among the funeral flowers and someone hides in the closet with a brownie and...we're not talking about my childhood, right.

...

*this is where I am right now*. Fix my geometry or I won't be understandable when I talk to anyone not in a central Texas bar; I already have too many vowels in my words and all my gerunds are missing a very important ending 'g'. I will write all my entries in the dialect of a central Texas rural farmer if I have to, and don't think I won't.

This has been a mathematical cry for help.

**ETA:**Oh God,

*I Want to Be Loved Like That*just came up on rotation. Help.

**ETA 2:**If you saw an ealirer version, I was using '30 feet' not '100 feet'; I switched when testing the formuals to 100 because thirty simply didn't work and I wanted a dramatic change. All math here is based on an increase of 100 from all angles, or an increase of 200 of each diagonal.

**ETA 3**: Aded figures worked out in pencil, verified in excel and google, cited my formulas, and still WHAT.

Answered by

**edgewitch**: Link to solution with proof!.

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edgewitchThe problem I see is that, given a rectangle, you can draw an

infinitenumber of ellipses that go only through the corners, it just depends on the tangent of the ellipse at the corner. We have to add another restriction. Let me try it with the restriction that the ellipse has to be the same aspect ratio as the rectangle.So we have an ellipse centered at (0,0): x

^{2}/a_{E}^{2}+ y^{2}/b_{E}^{2}=1where a

_{E}is the radius on the x axis and b_{E}is the radius on the y axisAnd we have a point(the corner of the rectangle(also centered at (0,0) )): (x

_{R}, y_{R}) = (a_{R}/2, b_{R}/2)where a

_{R}is the width of the rectangle and b_{R}is the height.Now we add the restriction that a

_{R}/b_{R}= a_{E}/b_{E}You've said we know what the length and width of the rectangle are, so a

_{R}/b_{R}= some constant, let's call it K.Now we can say that a

_{E}/b_{E}= K and therefore a_{E}= K * b_{E}With all of that, we can get the ellipse equation in terms of only one variable (b

_{E}):(a

_{R}/2)^{2}/(K * b_{E})^{2}+ (b_{R}/2^{2})/b_{E}^{2}=1Solve for b

_{E}and get:b

_{E}= Sqrt( (a_{R}/2)^{2}/K^{2}+ (b_{R}/2)^{2})Now to account for the difference between the first rectangle and the second, keeping both rectangles the same aspect ratio. Say the first rectangle is width w and height h. If we center it at (0,0) the upper right corner will be at (w/2, h/2).

The distance of this point from the origin will be d = Sqrt( (w/2)

^{2}+ (h/2)^{2}). Without figuring out the angle of the diagonal, we can still say that sin(θ) = (h/2d) and that sin(θ) = b_{R}/(2*(d+N)) where N is the distance the corner of the new rectangle needs to be from the corner of the original rectangle and b_{R}continues to be the height of the new rectangle that needs to intersect our ellipse only at the corners.Thus, h/2d = b

_{R}/(2*(d+N)) and thereforeb

_{R}= h(d+N)/dand by similar reasoning with cos(θ),

a

_{R}= w(d+N)/dPulling that all together, using your original example of a starting rectangle of width 2640 and height 450 with a desired extra distance of 30, we get

d= sqrt((2640/2)^2 + (450/2)^2) ≈ 1339

a

_{R}= 2640(1339+30)/1339 ≈ 2699b

_{R}= 450(1339+30)/1339 ≈ 460Bringing back the stuff from before:

K = 2699/460 = 5.867

b

_{E}= Sqrt( ( (2699/2)^2/5.867^2 )+ (460/2)^2 ) ≈ 325.28And so

a

_{E}= 5.867 * 325.28 ≈ 1908.41Using approximation 2 from the link,

P ≈ 3.14 * (3(1908+325) - Sqrt( (3(1908)+325) (1908+3(325)) ) ≈ 7922.22

That is, the ellipse that goes through a rectangle the same shape but 30 units larger than the rectangle that is 2640x450 AND itself fits inside an even larger rectangle that is the same shape as both previously mentioned rectangles will be about 651 units tall and 3817 units wide. The perimeter will be about 7922 units long.

Someone pls check my work, I'mma go hunt down my ADHD meds.

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