A tangent and its normal in an arbitrary point on an ellipse with eccentricity e. The focal points are also shown. What is the minimum value of blue : red in terms of e?

# Tag: minimum

## Mountain roads

A circular mountain peak has coordinates (0,0,3) and its base has towns C=(-4,0,0), E=( 4,0,0) on opposite sides. Town D=(0,4,0) is halfway between them, around the base. A road goes partially up and down the mountain connecting C and E. Another road connects C and D. Both roads are shortest possible. What is the ratio of the road lengths?

## Criss-crossing the bay

A boatsman races to cross Isosceles Bay five times, finishing at End. A bicyclist pedals around the bay. How many times faster must the bicyclist travel in order to be sure to beat the boat to End?

## Shine your light

A quarter circle of radius 1, a rectangle touching the circle in an arbitrary point and a yellow quadrilateral. What is the minimal perimeter of this quadrilateral?

## The three-body problem

Three coloured unit disks are placed so that they have a common (3-way) intersection, but none of the disks covers the intersection of the other two disks. What is the minimum radius of the disk that would cover all intersections at once, in all cases?

## The skew bridge

Two points are on opposite sides of a channel. A skew bridge, which has a fixed direction (for instance North East), can be placed anywhere along the channel. Where to place it such that the path from A to B over the bridge is the shortest?

## The Moroni minimum

An arbitrary point on the parabola y=x^{2}. Shown are the tangent in that point and a line segment perpendicular to it. What is the minimal height h?

## La Sagrada Familia

Two congruent right triangles on a common baseline have an overlap of variable size. What is the proportion of the minimal area to the maximal area?

## The sneak peek

A rectangle with given side lengths is folded back and forth such that the corner touches the opposite side as shown. What is the minimal shaded fraction?

## The balancing act

A square with two perpendicular lines. What is the minimal blue fraction?