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I. Spaces, lines, and angles, are said to be given in magnitude, when equals to them can be found.
II. A ratio is said to be given, when a ratio of a given magnitude
to a given magnitude which is the same ratio with it can be found.
III. Rectilineal figures are said to be given in species, which have each of their angles given, and the ratios of their sides given.
IV. Points, lines, and spaces, are said to be given in position, which
have always the same situation, and which are either actually exhibited or can be found.
A. An angle is said to be given in position, which is contained by straight lines given in position.
V. A circle is said to be given in magnitude, when a straight line from its centre to the circumference is given in magnitude.
VI. A circle is said to be given in position and magnitude, the centre
of which is given in position, and a straight line from it to the circumference is given in magnitude.
VII. Segments of circles are said to be given in magnitude, when the angles in them, and their bases, are given in magnitude.
VIII. Segments of circles are said to be given in position and magni
tude, when the angles in them are given in magnitude, and their bases are given both in position and magnitude.
IX. A magnitude is said to be greater than another by a given
magnitude when this given magnitude being taken from it, the remainder is equal to the other magnitude.
nitude, when this given magnitude being added to it, the
a l. def.
The ratio of given magnitudes to one another is given.
Let A, B be two given magnitudes, the ratio of A to B is given.
Because A is a given magnitude, there may a be found one equal to it; let this be C: And because B is given, one equal to it may be found; let it be D; and since A is equal to C, and B to D; therefore 6 A is to B, as C to D; and consequently the ratio of A to B is given, because the ratio of the given magnitudes C, D, which is the same with it, has been found.
A B C D
b 7. 5.
If a given magnitude has a given ratio to another magnitude, “ and if to the two magnitudes by which “the given ratio is exhibited, and the given magnitude, “a fourth proportional can be found;" the other magnitude is given.
Let the given magnitude A have a given ratio to the magnitude B; if a fourth proportional can be found to the three magnitudes above named, B is given in magnitude.
Because A is given, a magnitude may be a l. def, found equal to it a ; let this be C: And be
cause the ratio of A to B is given, a ratio
• The figures in the margin show the number of the proposition in the other editions.
D. But A is equal to C; therefore B is equal to D. The c 14. 5. magnitude B is therefore givena, because a magnitude D equal a 1. def. to it has been found.
The limitation within the inverted commas is not in the Greek text, but is now necessarily added ; and the same must be understood in all the proposi. tions of the book which depend upon this second proposition, where it is not expressly mentioned.
See the note upon it.
If any given magnitudes be added together, their sum shall be given.
Let any magnitudes AB, BC be added together, their sum
Because AB is given, a magnitude equal to it maya be found; a l. def. let this be DE: And because BC
If a given magnitude be taken from a given mag-
From the given magnitude AB, let the given magnitude
Because ·AB is given, a magnitude equal to it may a be a l. def. found ; let this be DE: And be
If of three magnitudes, the first together with the second be given, and also the second together with the third ; either the first is equal to the third, or one of them is greater than the other by a given magnitude.
Let AB, BC, CD be three magnitudes, of which AB together with BC, that is AC, is given ; and also BC together with CD, that is, BD is given. Either AB is equal to CD, or one of them is greater than the other by a given magnitude.
Because AC, BD are each of them given, they are either equal to one another, or not equal. First, Let them be equal, and be- A B С D cause AC is equal to BD, take away the common part BC; therefore the remainder AB is equal to the remainder CD.
But if they are unequal, let AC be greater than BD, and make CE equal to BD. Therefore CE is given, because BD
is given. And the whole AC a 4. dat is given; therefore a AE the A Е В C D
remainder is given. And be-
If a magnitude has a given ratio to a part of it, it shall also have a given ratio to the remaining part of it.
Let the magnitude AB have a given ratio to AC a part of it; it has also a given ratio to the remainder BC.
Because the ratio of AB to AC is given, a ratio may be a 2. def. found a which is the same to it: Let this be the ratio of DE,
magnitude to the given magnitude DF. And because DE, DF A
С B b 4. dat. are given, the remainder FE is given: And because AB is to AC, as DE to
E c E. 5.
DF, by conversion “, AB is to BC,
Cor. From this it follows, that the parts AC, CB have a given ratio to one another: Because as AB to BC, so is. DE to EF; by division , AC is to CB, as DF to FE; and DF, d 17. 5. FE are given; therefore a the ratio of AC to CB is given.
a 2. def.
If two magnitudes which have a given ratio to one Sec N. another, be added together ; the whole magnitude shall
i have to each of them a given ratio.
Let the magnitudes AB, BC, which have a given ratio to one another, be added together; the whole AC has to each of the magnitudes AB, BC, a given ratio.
Because the ratio of AB to BC is given, a ratio may be found a which is the same with it; let this be the ratio of the
a 2. def. given magnitudes DE, EF: And because DE, EF are given, the
B С whole DF is given 6: And be
b 3. dat. canse as AB to BC, so is DE to
E EF; by composition , AC is to
c 18. 5. CB, as DF to FE: and, by conversion ", AC is to AB, as
d E. 5. DF to DE: Wherefore, because AC is to each of the magnitudes AB, BC, as DF to each of the others DE, EF; the ratio of AC to each of the magnitudes AB, BC, is givena.
If a given magnitude be divided into two parts See N. which have a given ratio to one another, and if a fourth proportional can be found to the sum of the two magnitudes by which the given ratio is exhibited, one of them, and the given magnitude ; each of the
; parts is given.
Let the given magnitude AB be divided into the parts AC, CB, which have a given ratio to one another; if a fourth proportional can be found to the abovenamed magnitudes : AC and CB
CB are each of them given. Because the ratio of AC to CB
D F E is given, the ratio of AB to BC is given a; therefore a ratio which is the same with it can be a 7. dat.