Obtuse Angle

Prove that among any 9 points in (3D) space, there are three which form an obtuse angle.

Let the points be labeled A1, A2, … , A9, and P be their convex hull. If we assume that all angles among the points are not obtuse, then the interiors of the bodies P + A1, P + A2, … , P + A9 should be all disjoint. That is because, for every Ai and Aj, P must be bounded between the planes passing through Ai, Aj, and orthogonal to the segment AiAj. However, all of these 9 bodies have the same volume and are contained in the body P + P, which has 8 times larger volume. This is a contradiction, and therefore our assumption is wrong.

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