Billiards in ellipses revisited

Arseniy Akopyan, Richard Schwartz, Serge Tabachnikov

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Abstract

We prove some recent experimental observations of Dan Reznik concerning periodic billiard orbits in ellipses. For example, the sum of cosines of the angles of a periodic billiard polygon remains constant in the 1-parameter family of such polygons (that exist due to the Poncelet porism). In our proofs, we use geometric and complex analytic methods.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEuropean Journal of Mathematics
DOIs
StateAccepted/In press - 2020

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mathematics(all)

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