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Geometry Question

Discussion in 'Physical & Life Sciences' started by Chesterton, Feb 8, 2020.

  1. Chesterton

    Chesterton Whats So Funny bout Peace Love and Understanding Supporter

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    Can some smart person here tell me the degree of the obtuse angle formed by the intersection of these two streets? I have a protractor somewhere here but can't find it.

    ETA: I posted a screen shot from Google Maps, it disappeared won't let me post it again for some reason. Anyway, if anyone would be so kind as to copy and paste the below info into a maps site to see if they can answer my question, it would be very much appreciated. You will be rewarded with riches beyond your wildest dreams, or a Winner rating, one of the two. Thanks. :)

    Fredericksburg Rd. & Crossroads Blvd., Balcones Heights, TX
     
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  2. Chris V++

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    Using a compass on my cell phone, the smaller tighter angle is about 60 and the larger is about 120. Is this for a car accident investigation?
     
  3. Chesterton

    Chesterton Whats So Funny bout Peace Love and Understanding Supporter

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    Are you sure? Just to my eyeball I would have thought the large one closer to 140. But I'd kind of like an exact number if possible.
     
  4. Chris V++

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    Give me a second, maybe i can download a pic then put a transparent compass over it. I'm pretty close I believe.
     
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    57 degrees per google maps, based on straight lines on the road centerlines.
     
  6. durangodawood

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    Here it is....

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  7. Chris V++

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    intersectionwithcopass.jpg

    I couldnt get the compass layer to rotate with my paupers version of Photoshop, but yeah 57 is probably right on.
     
  8. Ophiolite

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    I think the more important question, that must be on many minds, is, what's the Lunch Special at Garibaldi's Mexican Restaurant?
     
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  9. Chris V++

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    Why do you need to know the angle?
     
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  10. Chesterton

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    Yeah, I'm curious about that, too. Sounds like an Italian guy opened a Mexican joint?

     
  11. Chris V++

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    Ok if you don't want to tell my why you need to know the angle, i"m going to start making stuff up, like if you are in a situation where you are driving a city bus and the bus is rigged to explode if you drop below 50 MPH can you make that turn the bus onto Crossroads without tipping over or crossing the double yellow into oncoming traffic?
     
  12. Chesterton

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    I got a petty traffic ticket, and the only reason I was driving there at that time was because I was doing a good deed for someone, so it made me mad and I want to fight it. It was one of those camera-enforced tickets they* send in the mail for making a right turn on red without completely stopping. I mean, that's what I did, but that's not what the video/computer actually cited me for. The citation has language about "entering an intersection". My state law has a legal definition for what an intersection is, which includes that it's where "two roadways intersect at an approximately 90 degree angle." It uses the word "approximately", which is bad law writing because it shouldn't be that vague. The angle looked bigger to me than the accurate info you've given me, so I was considering arguing that that place is not an intersection. :) If that sounds like a weak point, it is. It's my weakest point, but I have three other stronger points. I just thought I'd throw everything but the kitchen sink at them. There are actual stakes involved, unlike arguing on CF. :)


    * Interestingly, the "they" that tickets you with these video ticket schemes is a private company, not the police. I never knew that.
     
  13. Chris V++

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    If you just waive it and pay it can they ding your driving record since they don't actually know who was driving? I'm wondering if you fight it and lose in court they will add points on your license. If that 's the case then your insurance company will found out when they run your MVR (motor vehicle report) and potentially surcharge your police for 3 years. Something to consider before going before a judge.
     
  14. Chesterton

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    I've learned interesting stuff researching this. As I said, this is a private company doing this. It's not actually a legal citation. Whether I pay or don't pay, it won't affect my driving record or my insurance. If I completely ignore it, they won't put out an arrest warrant. What they threaten to do is, they may notify the county agency which registers my car each year, and they in turn might deny my next registration renewal. It's weird.
     
  15. Chris V++

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    What a scam. How does a private company get that authority, and how do I get a franchise? Wonder how many perps do what you did every day? For the cost of a postage stamp they are billing, how much? I bet that Mexican restaurant is behind all of this. It sounds like a front for Italian traffic racketeering.
     
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  16. public hermit

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    I see there's a Whataburger near that intersection. I so miss Whataburger.
     
  17. durangodawood

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    I see. Well good luck. Its an intersection tho. Just look at it.
     
  18. Chesterton

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    Right now for a limited time they're offering the Buffalo Ranch Chicken Strip sandwich. :yum:
     
  19. Chesterton

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    According to the definition of geometry, yes of course. According to the legal definition here, it's arguable.

    If I looked at that, and someone said "here we have an approximately 90 degree angle", I'd be thinking, "um, doesn't look like it to me".

    What does approximate mean? When does it stop being approximate? When it's 92 degrees? 95? 99? 122? I'm sure the Greek philosopher Zeno must have addressed this somewhere.
     
  20. Kylie

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    Select the protractor layer, then press CTRL-T (I think it's Command T if you use a Mac). Then put your cursor just outside one of the corner handles and you should see it change to a double headed curved arrow. Click and drag and it should rotate.
     
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