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We study Poncelet’s Theorem in finite projective coordinate planes over the field GF(p) and concentrate on a particular pencil of conics. For pairs of such conics we investigate whether we can find polygons with n sides, which are inscribed in one conic and circumscribed about the other, so-called Poncelet Polygons. By using suitable elements of the dihedral group for these pairs, we prove that the length n of such Poncelet Polygons is independent of the starting point. In this sense Poncelet’s Porism is valid. By using Euler’s divisor sum formula for the totient function, we can make a statement about the number of different conic pairs, which carry Poncelet Polygons of length n. Moreover, we will introduce polynomials whose zeros in GF(p) yield information about the relation of a given pair of conics. In particular, we can decide for a given integer n, whether and how we can find Poncelet Polygons for pairs of conics in the given coordinate plane. We will see that this condition is closely connected with the theory of quadratic residue Show more
Journal / seriesarXiv
Organisational unit03874 - Hungerbühler, Norbert
NotesSubmitted on 10 September 2014.
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