Paper by Erik D. Demaine
- Therese Biedl, Erik Demaine, Martin Demaine, Sylvain Lazard, Anna Lubiw, Joseph O'Rourke, Steve Robbins, Ileana Streinu, Godfried Toussaint, and Sue Whitesides, “A Note on Reconfiguring Tree Linkages: Trees can Lock”, Discrete Applied Mathematics, volume 117, number 1–3, 2002, pages 293–297.
It has recently been shown that any polygonal chain in the plane can be
reconfigured to lie on a straight line, and any polygon can be reconfigured to
be convex. This result cannot be extended to tree linkages: we show that there
are trees with two configurations that are not connected by a motion. Indeed,
we prove that an N-link tree can have 2Ω(N)
equivalence classes of configurations.
- The paper is 5 pages.
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- Related papers:
- LockedTreeTR (On Reconfiguring Tree Linkages: Trees can Lock)
- CCCG98c (On Reconfiguring Tree Linkages: Trees can Lock)
- Related webpages:
- Carpenter's Rule Theorem
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