Sierpinski's Triangle: Does the Line Intersect the Midpoint?

In summary, the conversation discusses the intersection of a line connecting the midpoints of two triangles and the midpoint of the height in an equilateral triangle. The conclusion is that the two midpoints intersect at the line connecting the two leg midpoints.
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yyttr2
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easy question :)

If you have a simple sierpinski's triangle (3 up 1 down).
Does the line intersecting the two midpoints of the triangles "legs" also intersect the mid-point of the height? (if it is a equilateral triangle)
 
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Hmm...

sort of a guesstimate here, but I think it would.

Since the height of the triangle is equal to the height of the opposite triangle, I would say that since the two heights are equal, the midpoint of the "total" height is the line connecting the two leg midpoints (which form the shared side of the two smaller triangles I'm talking about).

Tell me if my explanation makes no sense, please.
 
  • #3


Doesn't the forum advice you to be "descriptive" in your title? :')
 

Related to Sierpinski's Triangle: Does the Line Intersect the Midpoint?

1. What is Sierpinski's Triangle and how is it created?

Sierpinski's Triangle is a fractal shape made up of smaller triangles, named after Polish mathematician Waclaw Sierpinski. It is created by dividing a equilateral triangle into smaller equilateral triangles, and then repeating this process on each smaller triangle infinitely.

2. What is the significance of the "midpoint" in Sierpinski's Triangle?

The midpoint in Sierpinski's Triangle refers to the point where the three lines connecting the corners of the larger triangle intersect. This point is important because it is used to determine if a line will intersect the triangle or not.

3. How do you determine if a line intersects the midpoint in Sierpinski's Triangle?

To determine if a line intersects the midpoint in Sierpinski's Triangle, you need to first draw the line and locate the midpoint. Then, you can use the Pythagorean theorem to calculate the distance between the midpoint and each of the line's endpoints. If the distance is greater than the length of the line, then the line does not intersect the midpoint.

4. Why is the question of whether a line intersects the midpoint important in Sierpinski's Triangle?

The question of whether a line intersects the midpoint in Sierpinski's Triangle is important because it helps us understand the fractal nature of the triangle. If a line does not intersect the midpoint, it means that it will not intersect any of the smaller triangles within the larger triangle. This highlights the self-similarity and infinite complexity of the fractal shape.

5. Are there any real-world applications of Sierpinski's Triangle and its midpoint?

Yes, there are several real-world applications of Sierpinski's Triangle and its midpoint. For example, it is used in computer graphics and animation to create realistic fractal landscapes. It is also used in signal processing and data compression, as well as in the design of antennas and wireless communication systems. Additionally, Sierpinski's Triangle has been applied in music composition and visual art.

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