Rotation through Radial Translations

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The whole image appears to be rotating when the points translate back and forth along lines radiating from the center.


This applies to the fact that a hypocycloid traced by a circle of radius 1 rolling inside a circle of radius 2 is a straight line [1].


Contributed by: Erik Mahieu (January 2014)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA




[1] "How Does a Hypocycloid Straight-Line Mechanism Work?" (Jan 8, 2014)

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