4. The number designating the cubic volume of the capstone,94.25959089,
is very nearly 10 times the number designat-ing the length of the apothem (face plane) of the capstone,9.423579201 inches.The shape of the Washington Monument bids the observer to lookbeyond its exterior, where the truly sublime elements of theobelisk’s geometry lay. It is the area
the monumentthat defines it. The identification of this geometry, which is externalto the structure, requires the active participation of the observer--the monument’s visible form must be projected to its geometric con-clusion. In this example, we consider how the apothem or faceangle of the pyramidion (Fig.1) relates to the whole obelisk, andhow again the number 10 by extension is an integral part of its de-sign.5. If the axis of the face plane of the pyramidion , 17.24 degrees,is projected to the ground (Fig.2), it strikes the earth 172.4feetfrom the center of the obelisk at its base level.
172.4 is 10 times the number of the decimal angle of the pyramidion’s face, 17.2 4 degrees.
At a height of 555.555 feet, only a face angle of 17.24 degrees could generate this convergence.6. When the corner edge or arris angle of the pyramidion (Fig. 3)is likewise projected to the base plane of the monument, itconverges with the ground at a point 243.8 feet from the cen-ter of the obelisk (Fig. 4). See that the length of the hypote-nuse projected along the arris angle from the top of thepyramidion to the ground is 606.72 feet.
606.72 feet is 10 times the length of the arris cor-ner of the pyramidion, 60.67 feet
94.25959091 (the reciprocal of .010609) X 3 = 282.7787727282.7787727
9 = 31.41986363, which
by 10 = canon
of 31.419 is 5.605342419, read asinches is the length of one base side of the capstone. To find the angle, divide the length of the baseby 2 = 2.80267121. Then divide half the base by the height, 9” to get .311407912, the tangent of 17.29700181 degrees. The cosine of 17.297 degrees is .994776359. Divide the height, 9” by the co-sine of 17.297
= 9.426291206, the length of apothem in inches.(Slight departures in the decimalplaces occur due to the indeterminate height of the capstone and the use of canon
17.2439725 degrees by calculation.
606.7235226 feet by calculation.
Fig. 1Face angle of the pyramidion.Fig. 2Face angle of the pyra-midion projected tobase level.Fig. 4 Arris angle of pyramidion extendedto base level.Fig. 3 Arrisedge of pyra-midion 60.67’.