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GEOMETRY.

BOOK VI.

DEFINITIONS.

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IMILAR rectilineal figures

are those which have their several angles equal, each to each, and the sides about the equal angles proportionals.

II. Two sides of one figure are said to be reciprocally proportional to two sides of another, when one of the sides of

the first is to one of the sides of the second, as the remaining side of the second is to the remaining side of the first.

INI. A straight line is said to be cut in extreme and mean ratio, when

the whole is to the greater segment, as the greater segment is to the less.

IV.

The altitude of any figure is the straight line

drawn from its vertex perpendicular to the base.

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PROP. I. THEOR.

Triangles and parallelograms, of the same altitude, are one to another as

their bases.

Let the triangles ABC, ACD, and the parallelograms EC, CF have the same altitude, viz. the perpendicular drawn from the point A to 10 BD: Then, as the base BC, is to the base CD, so is the triangle

ABC to the triangle ACD, and the parallelogram EC to the parallelo

gram CF.

Produce BD both ways to the points H, L, and take any

number of straight lines BG, GH, each equal to the base BC; and DK, KL, any number of them, each equal to the base CD; and join AG, AH, AK, AL. Then, because CB, BG, GH are all equal, the triangles AHG, AGB, ABC are all equal (38. 1.): Therefore, whatever multiple the base HC is of the base BC, the same multiple is the triangle AHC of the triangle ABC. For the same reason, whatever multiple the base LC is of the base CD, the same multiple is the tri

E A F angle ALC of the triangle ADC. But if the base HC be equal to the base CL, the triangle AHC is also equal to the triangle ALC (38. 1.); and if the base HC be greater than the base CL, like H GBC D K L wise the triangle AHC is greater than the triangle ALC : and if less, less. Therefore, since there are four magnitudes, viz. the two bases BC, CD, and the two trianglès ABC, ACD; and of the base BC and the triangle ABC, the first and third, any equimultiples whatever have been taken, viz. the base HC, and the triangle AHC ; and of the base CD and triangle ACD, the second and fourth, have been taken any equimultiples whatever, viz. the base CL and triangle ALC; and since it has been shown, that if the base HC be greater than the base CL, the triangle AHC is greater than the triangle ALC ; and if equal, equal ; and if less, less : Therefore (def. 5. 5.), as the base BC is to the base CD, so is the triangle ABC to the triangle ACD.

And because the parallelogram CE is double of the triangle ABC (41. 1.), and the parallelogram CF double of the triangle ACD, and because magnitudes have the same ratio which their equimultiples have (15. 5.) ;'as the triangle ABC is to the triangle ACD, so is the parallelogram EC to the parallelogram CF. And because it has been shown, that, as the base BC is to the base CD, so is the triangle ABC to the triangle ACD ; and as the triangle ABC to the triangle ACD, so is the parallelogram EC to the parallelogram CF ; therefore, as the base BC is to the base CD, so is (11. 5.) the parallelogram EC to the parallelogram CF. Wherefore triangles, &c. Q. E. D.

Cor. From this it is plain, that triangles and parallelograms that have equal altitudes, are to one another as their bases.

Let the figures be placed so as to have their bases in the same straight line ; and having drawn perpendiculars from the vertices of the triangles to the bases, the straight line which joins the vertices is parallel to that in which their bases are (33. 1.), because the perpendiculars are both equal and parallel to one another. Then, if the

same construction be made as in the proposition, the demonstration will be the same.

PROP. II. THEOR.

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a straight line be drawn parallel to one of the sides of a triangle, it will cut the other sides, or the other sides produced, proportionally: And if the sides, or the sides produced, be cut proportionally, the straight line which joins the points of section will be parallel to the remaining side of the triangle.

Let DE be drawn parallel to BC, one of the sides of the triangle ABC : BD is to DA, as CE to EA.

Join BE, CD; then the triangle BDE is equal to the triangle CDE (37. 1.), because they are on the same base DE, and between the same parallels DE, BC : but ADE is another triangle, and equal magnitudes have, to the same, the same ratio (7. 5.); therefore, as the triangle BDE to the triangle ADE, so is the triangle CDE to the triangle ADE ; but as the triangle BDE to the triangle ADE, so is (1. 6.) BD to DA, because having the same altitude, viz. the perpendicular drawn from the point E to AB, they are to one another as their bases ; and for the same reason, as the triangle CDE to the triangle ADE, so is CE to EA. Therefore, as BD to DA, so is CE to EA (11. 5.).

Next, let the sides AB, AC of the triangle ABC, or these sides

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produced, be cut proportionally in the points D, E, that is, so that BD be to DA, as CE to EA, and join DE ; DE is parallel to BC.

The same construction being made, because as BD to DA, so is CE to EA ; and as BD to DA, so is the triangle BDE to the triangle ADE (1. 6.); and as CE to EA, so is the triangle CDE to the triangle ADE ; therefore the triangle BDE is to the triangle ADE, as the triangle CDE to the triangle ADE ; that is, the triangles BDE, CDE have the same ratio to the triangle ADE ; and therefore (9. 5.) the triangle BDE is equal to the triangle CDE: And they are on the same base DE ; bụt equal triangles on the same base are between the

same parallels (39. 1.); therefore DE is parallel to BC. Wherefore, if a straight line, &c. Q. E. D.

PROP. III. THEOR.

If the angle of a triangle be bisected by a straight line which also cuts the

base; the segments of the base shall have the same ratio which the other sides of the triangle have to one another : And if the segments of the base have the same ratio which the other sides of the triangle have to one another, the sraight line drawn from the vertex to the point of section, bisects the vertical angle.

Let the angle BAC, of any triangle ABC, be divided into two equal angles, by the straight line AD: BD is to DC as BA to AC.

Through the point C draw CE parallel (31. 1.) to DA, and let BA produced meet CE in E. Because the straight line AC meets the parallels AD, EC, the angle ACE is equal to the alternate angle CAD (29. 1.): But CAD, by the hypothesis, is equal to the angle BAD ; wherefore BAD is equal to the angle ACE. Again, because the straight line BAE meets the parallels AD, EC, the exterior angle

10 BAD is equal to the interior and opposite angle AEC : But the angle ACE bas been proved equal to the

A . angle BAD; therefore also ACE is equal to the angle A EC, and consequently the side AE is equal to the side (6. 1.) AC. And because AD is drawn parallel to one of the sides of the triangle BCE, viz. to EC, BD is to DC, as BA to AE (2.6.) ;

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D С but AE is equal to AC : therefore, as BD to DC, so is BA to AC (7. 5.).

Next, let BD be to DC, as BA to AC, and join AD ; the angle BAC is divided into two equal angles, by the straight line AD.

The same construction being made ; because, as BD to DC, so is BA to AC; and as BD to DC, so is BA to AE (2. 6.), because AD is parallel to EC ; therefore AB is to AC, as AB to AE (11. 5.); Consequently AC is equal to AE (9. 5.), and the angle AEC is therefore equal to the angle ACE (5. 1.). But the angle AEC is equal to the exterior and opposite angle BAD; and the angle ACE is equal to the alternate an

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D C gle CAD (29. 1.): Wherefore also the angle BAD is equal to the ar.

gle CAD: Therefore the angle BAC is cut into two equal angles. by the straight line AD. Therefore, if the angle, &c. Q. E. D.

PROP. A. THEOR. If the exterior angle of a triangle be bisected by a straight line which also

cuts the base produced ; the segments between the bisecting line and the extremities of the base have the same ratio which the other sides of the triangles have to one another : And if the segments of the base produced have the same ratio which the other sides of the triangle have, the straight line, drawn from the vertex to the point of section, bisects the exterior angle of the triangle.

Let the exterior angle CAE, of any triangle ABC, be bisected by the straight line AD which meets the base produced in D ; BD is to DC, as BA to AC.

Through C draw CF parallel to AD (31. 1.); and because the straight line AC meets the parallels AD, FC, the angle ACF is equal to the alternate angle CAD (29. 1.): But CAD is equal to the angle DAE (Hyp.) ; therefore also DAE is equal to the angle ACF. Again, because the straight line FAE meets the parallels AD, FC the exterior angle DAE is equal to the interior and opposite angle CFA : But the angle ACF has been prov. ed to be equal to the angle therefore also the angle

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ACF is equal to the angle CFA,
and consequently the side AF
is equal to the side AC (6. 1.) ;

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and because AD is parallel to
FC, a side of the triangle BCF,
BD is to DC, as BA to AF (2.

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c 6.) ; but AF is equal to AC ;

D therefore as BD is to DC, so is BA to AC.

Now let BD be to DC, as BA to AC, and join AD ; the angle CAD is equal to the angle DAE.

The same construction being made, because BD is to DC, as BA to AC ; and also BD to DC, as BA to AF (2. 6.) ; therefore BA is to AC, as BA to AF (11. 5.) ; wherefore AC is equal to AF (9. 5.), and the angle AFC equal (5. 1.) to the angle ACF : But the angle AFC is equal to the exterior angle EAD, and the angle ACF to the alternate angle CAD ; therefore also EAD is equal to the angle CAD. Wherefore, if the exterior, &c. Q. E. D.

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The sides about the equal angles of equiangular triangles are propor

tionals ; and those which are opposite to the equal angles are homologous sides, that is, are the antecedents or consequents of the ratios. Let ABC, DCE be equiangular triangles, having the angle ABC

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