Fourier Construction of Regular Polygons and Star Polygons

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Let be the coefficients of a Fourier expansion of a regular polygon with sides. This Demonstration plots the partial sums of the Fourier series as they converge to -gons. The vertices remain slightly rounded as a result of the Gibbs phenomenon.


A regular self-intersecting star polygon is created by connecting one vertex of a regular -sided polygon to a nonadjacent vertex and continuing until the path returns to the original vertex; this process would need to be repeated if , but such pairs are avoided here.


Contributed by: Izidor Hafner (January 2016)
Based on work by: Frank F. Farris
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA




[1] F. A. Farris, Creating Symmetry, The Artful Mathematics of Wallpaper Patterns, Princeton: Princeton University Press, 2015 p. 30.

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