Bang's Theorem

There are least two Bang's theorems, one concerning tetrahedra (Bang 1897), and the other with widths of convex domains (Bang 1951).

The theorem of Bang (1897) states that the lines drawn to the polyhedron vertices of a face of a tetrahedron from the point of contact of the face with the insphere form three angles at the point of contact which are the same three angles in each face.

The theorem of Bang (1951) states that if a convex domain K is covered by a collection of strips, then the sum of the widths of the strips is at least w(K), where w(K) is the width of the narrowest strip which covers K.

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