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If a straight line be drawn within a circle given in magnitude, cutting off a segment containing a given angle: If the angle adjacent to the angle in the seg. ment be bisected by a straight line produced till it meet the circumference again and the base of the segment; the excess of the straight lines which con. tain the given angle shall have a given ratio to the segment of the bisecting line, which is within the circle ; and the rectangle contained by the same excess and the segment of the bisecting line betwixt the base produced and the point where it again meets the cir. cumference, shall be given.
a 91. dat.
Let the straight line BC be drawn within the circle ABC, given in magnitude, cutting off a segment containing the given angle BAC, and let the angle CAF adjacent to BAC be bisected by the straight line DAE, meeting the circumference again in D, and BC the base of the segment produced in E; the excess of BA, AC has a given ratio to AD: and the rectangle which is contained by the same excess and the straight line ED, is given.
Join BD, and through B draw BG parallel to DE, meeting
triangle BGC is equiangular to BDA: consequently, as GC to CB, so is AD to DB; and, by permutation, as GC, which is the excess of BA, AC to AD, so is CB to BD; and the ratio of CB to BD is given; therefore the ratio of the excess of BA, AC to AD is given.
And because the angle GBC is equal to the alternate angle DEB, and the angle BCG equal to BDE; the triangle BCG is equiangular to BDE: Therefore as GC to CB, so is BD to DE; and consequently the rectangle GC, DE is equal to the rectangle CB, BD which is given, because its sides CB, BD are given: Therefore the rectangle contained by the excess of BA, AC and the straight line DE is given.
If from a given point in the diameter of a circle given in position, or in the diameter produced, a straight line be drawn to any point in the circumference, and from that point a straight line be drawn at right angles to the first, and from the point in which this meets the circumference again, a straight line be drawn parallel to the first; the point in which this parallel meets the diameter is given ; and the rectangle contained by the two parallels is given.
In BC the diameter of the circle ABC given in position, or in BC produced, let the given point D be taken, and from D let a straight line DA be drawn to any point A in the circumference, and let AE be drawn at right angles to DA, and from the point E where it meets the circumference again, let EF be drawn parallel to DA, meeting BC in F; the point F is given, as also the rectangle AD, EF.
Produce EF to the circumference in G, and join AG:
a Cor.5.4. Because GEA is a right angle, the straight line AG is the
diameter of the circle ABC, and BC is also a diameter of it; therefore the point H where they meet is the centre of the circle, and consequently H is given : And the point D is given, wherefore DH is given in magnitude: And because AD is parallel to FG, and GH equal to HA; DH is equal o to HF, b 4. 6. and AD equal to GF: And DH is given, therefore HF is given in magnitude: and it is also given in position, and the point H is given, therefore the point F is given.
c 30. dat. And because the straight line EFG is drawn from a given point F without or within the circle ABC given in position, therefored the rectangle EF, FG is given: And GF is equal d 95.or 96. to AD, wherefore the rectangle AD, EF is given.
If from a given point in a straight line given in position, a straight line be drawn to any point in the circumference of a circle given in position ; and from this point a straight line be drawn, making with the first an angle equal to the difference of a right angle, and the angle contained by the straight line given in position, and the straight line which joins the given point and the centre of the circle ; and from the point in which the second line meets the circumference again, a third straight line be drawn, making with the second an angle equal to that which the first makes with the second : The point in which this third line meets the straight line given in position is given ; as also the rectangle contained by the first straight line and the segment of the third betwixt the circumference and the straight line given in position, is given.
Let the straight line CD be drawn from the given point C, in the straight line AB given in position, to the circumference of the circle DEF given in position, of which G is the centre; join CG, and from the point D let DF be drawn, making the angle CDF equal to the difference of a right angle, and the angle BCG; and from the point F let FE be drawn, making the angle DFE equal to CDF, meeting AB in H: The point H is given; as also the rectangle CD, FH.
Let CD, FH meet one another in the point K, from which draw KL perpendicular to DF; and let DC meet the circumference again in M, and let FH meet the same in E, and join MG, GF, GH.
Because the angles MDF, DFE are equal to one another, a 26. 3. the circumferences MF, DE are equal a ; and adding or taking
away the common part ME, the circumference DM is equal
to EF; therefore the straight line DM is equal to the straight b 8. 1. line EF, and the angle GMD to the angle b GFE; and the
angles GMC, GFH are equal to one
F the hypothesis, to the angles KDL, A GCB; the angle GCB or GCH is
GMC is equal to GFH, and the d 26. 1. straight line GM to GF: therefored
AC e 32. dat. point G; therefore e GH is given in
HB position; and CB is also given in position, wherefore the point H is given.
And because HF is equal to CM, the rectangle DC, FH f 95.or 96. is equal to DC, CM: But DC, CM is given, because the dat.
point C is given, therefore the rectangle DC, FH is given.
This is made more explicit than in the Greek text, to prevent a mistake which the author of the second demonstration of the 24th Proposition in the Greek edition has fallen into, of thinking that a ratio is given to which another ratio is shown to be equal, though this other be not exhibited in given magnitudes. See the Notes on that Proposition, which is the 13th in this edition. Besides, by this definition, as it is now given, some propositions are demonstrated, which in the Greek are not so well done by help of Prop. 2.
In the Greek text, def. 4. is thus: “ Points, lines, spaces, “ and angles are said to be given in position, which have al
ways the same situation;" but this is imperfect and useless, because there are innumerable cases in which things may be given, according to this definition, and yet their position cannot be found; for instance, let the triangle ABC be given in position, and let it be proposed to draw a straight line BD from the angle at B to the opposite
A side AC, which shall cut off the angle DBC, which shall be the seventh part of the angle ABC; suppose this is done, therefore the straight line BD
B is invariable in its position, that is,
C has always the same situation; for any other straight line drawn from the point B on either side of BD cuts off an angle greater or less than the seventh part of the angle ABC; therefore, according to this definition, the straight line BD is given in position, as also a the point Din which it meets the straight a 28. dat. line AC, which is given in position. But from the things here given, neither the straight line BD nor the point D can be found by the help of Euclid's Elements only, by which it is