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OfflineSpecialEd
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Ellipses and your destiny.
    #2350160 - 02/18/04 02:41 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Here is a fun project.

Construct the outline of an ellispe with material that is atleast an inch high.  Make sure it is congruent and as level as possible.  Determine the two foci and mark them.  Now if you have done your job properly, if you place a marble at each foci, you can flick one marble at any angle, and it will bounce off of the wall and hit the other marble dead on.
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I think that this is a nice visualization of destiny.  No matter what path you choose, there are unavoidables in your life.  To be conservative, I could say one marble is birth and the other is death.  If I were adventurous, I could say one marble is you and the other is your soul mate. 

Thoughts?  Comments?


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Re: Ellipses and your destiny. [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2352109 - 02/18/04 10:00 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

Thats right, I'm bumping my own thread.


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Re: Ellipses and your destiny. [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2352396 - 02/18/04 11:18 PM (13 years, 4 months ago)

It was inevitable :smirk:


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Re: Ellipses and your destiny. [Re: SpecialEd]
    #2352596 - 02/19/04 12:09 AM (13 years, 4 months ago)

i recommend you dip some marbles in ink and do this ellipse thing with a paper base, many many times, different angles. i bet itd look very nice. i'll give this a shot when i get back home and have access to my tools.

is there any point on the ellipse that the second marble will hit no matter what angle the first marble hits it at? ie. add a third marble that is garunteed in this chain of events. how about 2 more?

where would the marbles have to be in a ellipsoid (3 dimensional ellipse) for this to work? (assuming we had an anti gravity chamber to do this experiment in)

im def. gonna have to make me one of these...

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