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Heaton Golden Rectangles Mitchell T. Heaton Mr. Szorc 10 March 2009

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Heaton The golden rectangle is a special rectangle that can be found in art, architecture, and everyday life. The aspect of the golden rectangle that makes it special is its ratio of length to width which is categorized as the golden ratio—approximately 1.618 or Phi. The golden ratio can be applied to various different shapes, including the very one from which it originated: the pentagram. Pythagoras derived this ratio from the pentagram and then decided to apply it to a rectangle. A special property of a golden rectangle is its divisibility into similar golden rectangles. This can be accomplished by dividing part of the rectangle into a square with side lengths of the shorter side of the rectangle. The rectangle created is another golden rectangle which is similar to the first. Pythagoras realized that this pattern would continue forever and that is why it is often called The Golden Rectangle.
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