Maximizing the Viewing Angle of a Painting

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This Demonstration provides a visualization of this oft-asked optimization problem: How far from a painting hung high on a museum wall should a one-armed stick figure with a red eye stand, in order to maximize the viewing angle? The figure's eye is exactly five feet above the ground.

Contributed by: Marc Brodie (Wheeling Jesuit University) (March 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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