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arc BO; from B, as a centre, with a radius equal to the chord LI, describe an arc cutting the arc BO in D; draw AD, and the angle DAB will be equal to the given angle K.
For the arcs BD, LI, have equal radii and equal chords; they are therefore equal (102), and the angle BAD= IKL.
137. To bisect a given arc or angle.
Solution 1. If it is proposed to bisect the arc AB (fig. 74); from the points A and B, as centres, with the same radius, describe two arcs intersecting each other in D; through the point D and the centre C draw CD, which will divide the arc AB into two equal parts in the point E.
For, since the points C and D are each equally distant from the extremities A and B of the chord AB, the line CD is
perpendicular to the middle of this chord; therefore it bisects the arc AB (105).
2. If it is proposed to bisect the angle ACB; from the vertex C, as a centre, describe the arc AB, and complete the construction, as above described. It is evident that the line CD will bisect the angle ACB.
138. Scholium. By the same construction, we may bisect each of the halves AE, EB, and thus, by successive subdivisions, we may divide an angle or arc into four, eight, sixteen, &c., equal parts.
139. Through a given point A (fig. 75), to draw a straight line parallel to a given straight line BC.
Solution. From the point A, as a centre, with a radius sufficiently great, describe the indefinite arc EO; from the point E, as a centre, with the same radius, describe the arc AF; take
For, AE being joined, the alternate angles AEF, EAD, are equal; therefore AD, EF, are parallel (67).
140. Two angles A and B (fig. 76) of a triangle being given, to find the third.
Solution. Draw the indefinite line DEF; at the point E make the angle DEC=A, and the angle CEH=B; the remaining angle HEF will be the third angle required; for these three angles are together equal to two right angles.
141. Two sides of a triangle B and C (fig. 77) being given, and Fig. 77. the angle A contained by them, to construct the triangle.
Solution. Draw the indefinite line DE, and make at the point D the angle EDF equal to the given angle A ; then take DG=B, DH= C, and draw GH; DGH will be the triangle required (36).
7 142. One side and two angles of a triangle being given, to construct the triangle.
Solution. The two given angles will be either both adjacent to the given side, or one adjacent and the other opposite. In this last case, find the third angle (140); we shall thus have the two adjacent angles. Then draw the straight line DE (fig. 78) Fig. 78. equal to the given side, at the point D make the angle EDF equal to one of the adjacent angles, and at the point E the angle DEG equal to the other; the two lines DF, EG, will cut each other in H, and DEH will be the triangle required (38).
143. The three sides A, B, C (fig. 79), of a triangle being given, Fig. 79. to construct the triangle.
Solution. Draw DE equal to the side A ; from the point E, as a centre, with a radius equal to the second side B, describe an arc; from the point D, as a centre, with a radius equal to the third side C, describe another arc cutting the former in F ; draw DF, EF, and DEF will be the triangle required (41).
144. Scholium. If one of the sides be greater than the sum of the other two, the arcs will not cut each other, but the solution will always be possible, when each side is less than the sum of other two.
145. Two sides A and B of a triangle being given with the angle C opposite to the side B, to construct the triangle.
Solution. The problem admits of two cases. 1. If the angle Fig. 80. C (fig. 80) is a right angle, or an obtuse angle, make the angle
EDF equal to the angle C; take DE = A, from the point E, as a centre, and with a radius equal to the given side B, describe an arc cutting the line DF in F; draw EF, and DEF will be the triangle required.
It is necessary, in this case, that the side B should be greater than A, for the angle C being a right or an obtuse angle, it is the greatest of the angles of the triangle, and the side opposite must
consequently be the greatest of the sides. Fig. 81.
2. If the angle C (fig. 81) is acute, and B greater than A, the
construction is the same, and DEF is the triangle required. Fig. 82. But if, while c (fig. 82) is acute, the side B is less than A,
then the arc described from the centre E with the radius EF=B, will cut the side DF in two points F and G situated on the same side of D; there are therefore two triangles DEF, DEG, which equally answer the conditions of the problem.
146. Scholium. The problem would be in every case impossible, if the side B were less than the perpendicular let fall from E upon
the line DF.
147. The adjacent sides A and B (fig. 83) of a parallelogram being given together with the included angle C, to construct the parallelogram.
Solution. Draw the line DE = A; make the angle FDE=C, and take DF=B; describe two arcs, one from the point F, as a centre, with the radius FG=DE, and the other from the point E, as a centre, with the radius EG=DF; to the point G, where the two arcs cut each other, draw FG, EG; and DEGF will be the parallelogram required.
For, by construction, the opposite sides are equal, therefore the figure is a parallelogram (86), and it is formed with the given adjacent sides and included angle.
148. Corollary. If the given angle be a right angle, the figure will be a rectangle; and, if the adjacent sides are also equal, the figure will be a square.
149. To find the centre of a given circle, or of a given arc.
Solution. Take at pleasure three points A, B, C (fig. 84), in Fig. 84. the circumference of the circle or in the given arc; join AB and BC, and bisect them by the perpendiculars DE, FG ; the point 0, in which these perpendiculars meet, is the centre sought.
150. Scholium. By the same construction a circle may be found, the circumference of which will pass through three given points A, B, C, or in which a given triangle ABC may be inscribed.
151. Through a given point, to draw a tangent to a given circle.
Solution. If the given point A (fig. 85) be in the circumfer- Fig. 85. ence, draw the radius CA, and through A draw AD perpendicular to CA, then AD will be the tangent sought (110). If the point A (fig. 86) be without the circle, join the point A and the centre Fig 86. by the straight line AC; bisect AC in 0, and from 0, as a centre, with the radius OC, describe an arc cutting the given circle in the point B ; draw AB, and AB will be the tangent required.
For, if we draw CB, the angle CBA inscribed in a semicircle is a right angle (128); therefore AB, being a perpendicular at the extremity of the radius CB, is a tangent.
152. Scholium. The point A being without the circle, it is evident that there are always two equal tangents AB, AD, which pass through the point A ; they are equal (56) because the right-angled triangles CBA, CDA, have the hypothenuse CA common, and the side CB = CD; therefore AD= AB, and at the same time the angle CAD= CAB.
153. To inscribe a circle in a given triangle ABC (fig. 87).
Fig. 876 Bisect the angles A and B of the triangle by the straight lines AO and BO, which will meet each other in 0; from the point 0 draw the perpendiculars OD, OE, OF, to the three sides of the triangle; these lines will be equal to each other. For, by construction, the angle DAO=OAF, and the right angle ADO= AFO;
consequently the third angle AOD is equal to the third AOF. Besides, the side AO is common to the two triangles AOD, AOF; therefore, a side and the adjacent angles of the one being respectively equal to a side and the adjacent angles of the other, the two triangles are equal; hence DO = OF. It may be shown, in like manner, that the two triangles BOD, BOE, are equal; consequently OD = OE; therefore the three perpendiculars OD, OE, OF, are equal to each other.
Now, if from the point O, as a centre, and with the radius OD, we describe a circle, it is evident that this circle will be inscribed in the triangle ABC; for the side AB, perpendicular to the radius at its extremity, is a tangent. The same may be said of the sides BC, AC.
154. Scholium. The three lines, which bisect the three angles of a triangle, meet in the same point.
155. Upon a given straight line AB (fig. 88, 89) to describe a segment capable of containing a given angle C, that is a segment such, that each of the angles, which may be inscribed in it, shall be equal to a given angle C.
Solution. Produce AB toward D, make at the point B the angle DBE = C, draw BO perpendicular to BE, and GO perpendicular to AB, G being the middle of AB; from the point of meeting 0, as a centre, and with the radius OB, describe a circle; the segment required will be AMB.
For, since BF is perpendicular to the radius at its extremity, BF is a tangent, and the angle ABF has for its measure the half of the arc AKB (131); besides, the angle AMB, as an inscribed angle, has also for its measure the half of the arc AKB; consequently the angle AMB=ABF= EBD=C; therefore each of the angles inscribed in the segment AMB is equal to the given angle C.
156. Scholium. If the given angle were a right angle, the segment sought would be a semicircle described upon the diameter AB .