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2D Apollonian gasket with n identical circles

version 1.1.0.0 (4.71 KB) by Guillaume JACQUENOT
Plot a 2D apollonian gasket with n identical circles

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Updated 01 Feb 2009

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This function creates and displays 2D Apollonian gaskets.

In mathematics, an Apollonian gasket or Apollonian net is a fractal generated from three circles, any two of which are tangent to one another

The method used to create the Apollonian gasket is based on circle inversion, which is a geometrical transformation acting with a reference circle that modifies points.
In the plane, the inverse of a point P in respect to a circle of center O and radius R is a point P' such that P and P' are on the same ray going from O, and OP times OP' equals the radius squared
OP * OP' =R²

All circles are created using the inversion properties of circles.

Input: This function takes 6 arguments (each argument is optional)
- a positive integer, which corresponds to the number of circles on the first level of the apollonian packing. (3 at least)
- a positive integer, which corresponds to the number of levels of the apollonian. Higher the number of level is, more numerous the circles will be. 10 levels is a quite high value.
- an interger (0 or 1), which allows to display(1) or not(0) the inversion circles
- an integer (0 or 1), which indicates whether or not a metapost file is created within the results.
- an integer (0 or 1), which indicates whether or not a SVG file is created within the results.
- a string which indicates the filename in which results will be printed.
Output: a struture that contains all informations on created circles on each level:
- S(1) contains all data on level 1, coordinates centers and
radius of each circle

Cite As

Guillaume JACQUENOT (2021). 2D Apollonian gasket with n identical circles (https://www.mathworks.com/matlabcentral/fileexchange/15987-2d-apollonian-gasket-with-n-identical-circles), MATLAB Central File Exchange. Retrieved .

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Created with R14
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