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By taking small parallel displacements of this orbit, one obtains an infinite family of periodic hexagons. Further, Mazur has shown that if K is any polygon with vertex angles rational multiples of n then there is a periodic orbit. Other than this, very little is known. Does every convex polygon have a periodic orbit? Or even every obtuse-angled triangle? Are there always orbits of arbitraily large periods? These problems have obvious analogs for a ball bouncing round a ddimensional convex body K.
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If a convex body K made of a material of uniform density p < 1 floats in equilibrium in any orientation (in water, of density 1), must K be spherical? This is true if p = t and K is centro-symmetric (see Schneider or Falconer). It is also true in the limiting case where p = 0 (that is for a body that can rest on a plane table in any orientation). As Montejano points out, any section through the center of gravity g has dr/dO = 0 with respect tog as origin for polar coordinates, so each such section is circular and K must be spherical.