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An } is a sequence of distinct points on the plane). Then the following are called simple measurements: 1. distances Ai A j , i = j, 2. angles Ai A j Ak for i, j, k distinct, 3. ‘diagonal angles’ between Ai A j and Ak Al . Other quantities might also be considered, like the distance from Ai to A j Ak , but in practice these would require several measurements. It is natural to ask how many simple measurements are needed to determine a polygon up to isometry. In the case of a triangle the answer is 3.

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We translate P if necessary to ensure that no plane that contains a face of P passes through the origin. This allows us to give an equation for the plane containing f j in the form a j (P)x + 236 c THE MATHEMATICAL ASSOCIATION OF AMERICA [Monthly 117 b j (P)y + c j (P)z = 1 for some nonzero triple of real numbers (a j (P), b j (P), c j (P)); similarly, for any realization Q of that’s close enough to P the ith vertex of Q is a triple (xi (Q), yi (Q), z i (Q)) and the jth plane of Q can be described by an equation a j (Q)x + b j (Q)y + c j (Q)z = 1.

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