A football field is 100 yards long, though up to 130 yards is acceptable. A goal is eight yards wide. So the angle at which goal is seen from the very center of the field is fairly small, atan(4/50), which is about 4.6 degrees.

From what other points on the field can the goal be seen at the exact same angle of atan(4/50) ?

If I understand you correctly, that method gives valid points one at a time, or, two at a time, as the mirror image on the other side of the center line of the field would of course also be valid?

Yes, it is possible to give an equation for the x/y coordinate of each point using a single angle b:
Imagine that the goal is at the top of the paper, and the "aperture angle" we want is a, the goal width is A

Pick a point P, where we want to have the aperture angle A
Draw a line C from the left hand side of the goal to P, this line meets the goal line at angle b
So, the line from the other side of the goal to P meets the goal at (pi-b-a)

The length of C, meets the equation, from the sine rule:

C/sin(pi-b-a) = A/sin(a)

C = A.sin(pi-b-a)/sin(a)

So we have chosen the angle b, and we have the line length.

If we want the answer in cartesian we can define:

x (horizontal distance from left edge of the goal to P)
y (vertical distance from goal to P)

Originally posted by joe shmo Wouldn't the angle from the center of the field be 2*atan(4/50) = 9.2 deg.?

wouldn't it be rather atan (8/50) =9.09° ?

In the sine correlation a/sin(alpha)=b/sin(beta) is then for beta= 9.09° and b= 8 b/sin(beta) a constant (50.637). We now need for any alpha an A and can calculate how the line develops a/50.637=sin(alpha). Alpha starts at 85.455° and an a of 50.478 (for the record: gamma and c have here the same starting valuesas alpaha and a since we look at an isoscle triangle with heigth 50 and base line 8).

Aftert some though the 2*atan(4/50) is correct. so the angle is 9.2°. That makes alpha =45.4° and a still 50.478. b/sin(beta) is 50.039

Now we get for every angle of alpha a value for a as alpha approaches 0 the length of a also approaches zero 0 (which is unattainable in a triangle) witha slight curvature, but certainly not a circle.

I wonder if we see the situation differently. I was thinking of this.. choose a circle with center point O and two points on the circumference, points A and B. Those are the goal posts. If you choose any point C on the circumference of the circle, except one that is in the field of the angle AOB, and then form the angle, ACB, the angle is the same regardless of where on the circle point C is, and angle ACB = angle AOB / 2. So if C is the middle point of the field, the challenging is simply to find point O, which is simple enough with a compass and a straight line, and then draw the circle with center point O and radius OC. It doesn't fall completely on the field so the 9.4 degree angles would be near the corners to either side of the goal, or then near the center line of the field.

Is this reasoning flawed? Awesome. =) Tell me where I went wrong?

Originally posted by Ponderable wouldn't it be rather atan (8/50) =9.09° ?

In the sine correlation a/sin(alpha)=b/sin(beta) is then for beta= 9.09° and b= 8 b/sin(beta) a constant (50.637). We now need for any alpha an A and can calculate how the line develops a/50.637=sin(alpha). Alpha starts at 85.455° and an a of 50.478 (for the record: gamma and c have here the same starting valuesas alpaha and a since we look at an isoscle triangle with heigth 50 and base line 8).