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July 16th, 2003

quiz time for all you math smartypantses @ 12:51 am

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From:hattifattener
Date:July 19th, 2003 12:48 am (UTC)
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You're sick clever.

Okay, going along the same lines, what about cutting the hemisphere in a spiral shape (plus a small disk at the apex) and then unwinding it? By making the spiral infinitesimally thin, the curvature of the strip should go to zero. Then just snip it at two arbitrary points to make it into three pieces as requested.
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From:moof
Date:July 19th, 2003 01:19 am (UTC)
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The only problem with this is that it sucks if you're actually trying to make the thing out of real, live rubber sheeting. :)
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From:merovingian
Date:July 20th, 2003 08:39 pm (UTC)

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I think the genral trick of "approach arbitrary thinness" does the job, since then it can fold instead of stretching.

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