Questions on the construction of geometrical figures using a limited set of "tools".

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Cube root of a line

Well this may be simple but I am not getting it. Give a line segment (of length $l$)(and a segment of unit length if you require) how to construct a line of length $l^{1/3}$ with only a straight ...
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Does the collection of algebraic/number-theoretic methods applied to Euclidean Geometry have a name?

I am currently writing an essay on the history of geometry. To educate myself on the subject, I sometimes read the following Wikipedia article on the history of Euclidean Geometry. It seems to me that,...
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Squaring a line segment

I dont know whether I am being silly or not, but my question is: Given a line segment (say length $l$), how can you draw a line segment of of length $l^2$ using straight edge and compass? I ...
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Construct an equilateral triangle with area equal to a given triangle

It is straightforward to construct (straight-edge and compass) an isosceles triangle with area equal to a given triangle $\triangle ABC$, for instance as follows: Construct the line through $A$ ...
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What makes a geometric construction more or less stable?

As anyone who's actually done geometric construction of n-gons knows, not all construction methods are made equal. Some are very stable (the shape you get is always close to ideal even if you're not ...
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Is $e$ “constructable” with the appropriate tools?

Of course $e$ cannot be constructed with straightedge and compass. If we allow a marked ruler or a non-rectractable compass (or we use origami...) we can construct numbers like $\sqrt[3]{2}$, but no ...
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Is there a way to draw a 1 degree angle using only ruler and compass?

There are ways to draw 180, 90, 45, 30, 60, ... degree angles. But is there a way to draw a 1 degree angle? In other words how to divide a circle into 360 equal parts?
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Compass only constructions

Solve this using only a compass. Beyond stumped... please help.
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Constructible $n$-gons

Let $\xi$ be the primitive root of unity. If $n=5$, then the minimal polynomial of $xi$ over rationals would have degree $5-1=2^2$ which is a fermat prime so $5$-gon is constructible. If $n=8$, ...
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The geometric construction of the $90^\circ, 87^\circ, 3^\circ$ triangle

The construction of the $90^\circ, 45^\circ, 45^\circ$ and the $90^\circ, 60^\circ, 30^\circ$ triangles is well known. How can be constructed a triangle with angles $90^\circ, 87^\circ, 3^\circ$ ...
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$ax^2+bx+c$ is constructible

If $a$ is constructible, then $\sqrt a$ is constructible. Furthermore, if $a,b,c$ are constructible, then every root of $ax^2+bx+c$ is constructible. I think I know how to prove the first sentence ...
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Line through a given point

Could someone give a proof of "The line through a given point and parallel to a given line can be drawn". I would be able to do this myself but I am so confused on the wording. As in what are we ...
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Can anyone solve this geometric construction problem?

I remember when I was in high school, one of my all-time favorite books was College Geometry by Nathan Altshiller-Court. Some of its problems kept me wondering for days and even weeks. Now after about ...
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Geometry (Locus and constructions)

I want to find the equation for the locus that is at the same distance from the point $(2,3)$ to the line $x=1$. Im not sure if I am right or wrong? Is the locus just the two point at a distance=1 ...
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How to construct the circumcenter of a triangle using a compass ONLY.

I just figured out how to find the midpoint between two points using just a compass and no straight edge. A similar approach can be found in this question: Constructing the midpoint of a segment by ...
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Construction of a triangle using symmetry

I need to construct a triangle $\Delta \textrm{ABC}$ knowing that $t_a = AS$, $|AS| = 6\, cm$, $|\measuredangle \textrm{BCA}| = 30°$ and $|AB| = 5.5 \,cm$. I've been told that it's possible to do it ...
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given two concentric circles construct a particular chord

I am stumped by another Euclidea problem - Euclidea problem 9.8: Given two concentric circles $C_1$ and $C_2$ with radians $r_1$ and $r_2$, with $r_1 < r_2 < 2 r_1 $ Construct the chord $e$ ...
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Can we prove that plumb line is vertical to ground?

Using a plumb line to make sure a wall is vertical for instance, is as far as I know one of the most primary tools in the sense that the very-very ancient builders used it as an instrument. I was ...
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construct triangle given angle and centroid

I am stumped by Euclidea problem 8.11: From a triangle are given angle A and the centroid G Construct the points B and C. Please only a hint
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Can $n$ circles be drawn such that all have a common intersection but no two intersect individually

I was fiddling with plane geometry when a question came into my mind: Can $n$ circles ($n \ge 3$, $n \in \mathbb{N}$) be drawn such that: $C_1 \cap C_2 \cap C_3 \cap \ldots \cap C_n \not = ...
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Straight Edge - Only Geometric Construction

Given a circle, its diameter and a given point on the diameter, find a procedure to construct a line perpendicular to the diameter using only a straight edge. The perpendicular must pass through the ...
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Construction using a straight edge only

Given a circle, its diameter and a point on the circle, find a procedure to construct a line perpendicular to the diameter using only a straight edge. The perpendicular must pass through the given ...
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You are given two points and a circle. Construct a circle passing through the given two points and tangent to the given circle. [duplicate]

You are given two points and a circle. Construct a circle passing through the given two points and tangent to the given circle. You are allowed to use a straightedge and a compass.
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Construct a circle passing through a point $X$, which is externally tangent to two given circles

Given two disjoint circles $S_1$ and $S_2$, and a point $X$ external to both of them, is it possible to find the center of a circle that passes through $X$ and touches $S_1$ and $S_2$ tangentially, ...
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How to construct a triangle from…?

Two medians and one height (nothing is for the same side!); Outer circle radius, one side and another side's height? Using Compass-and-straightedge construction.
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Constructing the asymptotes of a hyperbola by compass and straightedge.

Is it possible to construct the asymptotes of a hyperbola by compass and straightedge? And if so, how to construct them? I have no idea how to approach the first question. It seems it should be ...
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How can one show algebraically that an angle is constructible?

For example an angle of 30 degrees. I know that geometrically I can obtain the entire 30-60-90 triangle using the standard tools (compass, straightedge and unit length) and by performing iterations. ...
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A straightedge and compass construction: $\left(\widehat{A},r,b-c\right)$

I am looking for an elegant solution of the following problem: Construct $ABC$ with straightedge and compass, given $\widehat{A},r,b-c$. By taking the lines $AB,AC$ as a skew reference system, ...
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Construct a triangle given certain lengths related to a bisector

Let $ABC$ be a triangle, and $AD$ the bisector of angle $A$. Write $AB = c$, $AC = b$, $AD = d$, $BD = c'$, $CD = b'$. Using ruler and compass, construct the triangle $ABC$ given the lengths $d$, $b-b'...
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Finding square roots of complex number with ruler and compass

Provide the exact list of steps needed to find, with ruler and compass, the two square roots of a given complex number. (The points $0$ and $1$ are given) I don't really understand what I have to ...
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Construction of major and minor axes of an ellipse given only 2 focus points($F_1,F_2$) and a point $P$ that is on the ellipse.

Construction of major and minor axes of an ellipse given only 2 focus points $(F_1,F_2)$ and a point $P$ that is on the ellipse. Suppose we define $|F_1P|+|PF_2|:=l$ First I constructed the ...
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Ruler and compass question

Provide the exact list of steps needed to draw, using ruler and compass, a line $M$ through a given point $A$ and parallel to a given line $L$ (given by two points $B$ and $C$ on it). Assume that $A$ ...
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Construct a parallelogram subject to certain conditions

I am having trouble with the following exercise from Dollon and Gilet's Géométrie plane. Two parallel lines $\Delta$ and $\Delta'$ are given, as well as a point $A$ on $\Delta$ and a point $O$ on ...
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Accuracy of a Construction

Is there an easy way to find the accuracy of a construction given a straight-edge and compass? For instance setting the point of a compass on an existing line. How do I know how exact that is? Or ...
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I think I found a method for Squaring the Circle. But I'm not sure if it's valid.

Here it is: Method for constructing a line of length π: Construct a circle labeled A, with a radius of 1. Bisect circle A. Each of the resulting arcs is now length π. Label one arc B. Align one end ...
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Much used compass and straightedge constructions

I am a editor of wikipedia and would like to know which compass and straightedge constructions deserve a place in the list https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Compass-and-straightedge_construction#...
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Is my observation correct about geometric constructions?

I have observed that it is possible to construct angles which are multiples of 3 with a ruler and a compass (Angles are in degrees). For example, 135°, 45° etc. can be constructed but Angles like 100° ...
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Construct 60° angle through point, other line in only four compass-and-straightedge steps

PROBLEM Here is a surprisingly intriguing challenge posed on Euclidea, a mobile app for Euclidean constructions: Construct a 60° angle through both a point $P$ and an external (infinite) line $\...
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If $tan^2 \theta = \frac{x}{y}$ how can we construct the angle $\theta$?

If we are given the values of $x$ and $y$ and we know that $\tan^2 \theta = \dfrac{x}{y}$ is it possible for us to construct the angle $\theta$?
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Construction of a graph with specific property.

I am trying to find out graphs where eccentricity of every vertex is one except two vertices. And the eccentricity of these two vertices is two. I came to the conclusion that a path graph $P_3$ and a ...
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Predicting Spirals

I am currently in the process of analyzing a polyspiral, a spiral where each successive length drawn is increased at specified increment at the same angle. *Please note the angles selected are the ...
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Are all computable numbers constructable after a countable number of steps?

While looking at another question on this site about constructable numbers I started wondering. If you can take a countable number of steps (possibly infinite) can you draw an interval of a length ...
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Geometric Construction : Construct a Triangle given 3 heights .. [closed]

Given 3 heights : $h_1=5\mathrm{cm}$ ; $h_2=7\mathrm{cm}$ ; $h_3=8\mathrm{cm}$ ... It is required to draw that triangle using only compass and ruler ! N.B.: It is not allowed to calculate the area ...
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Why is not possible to draw this triangle?

Why is it not possible to draw triangle $DEF$ with $EF=5.5cm$,$\angle E=75^0$ and $DE-DF=1.5cm$?(I used this method for consruction-http://gradestack.com/CBSE-Class-9th-Complete/Construction/...
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How to build a hexagon according to Poincaré model?

Given a side, I know how to build a hexagon in the euclidean geometry. How can i build it in the hyperbolic geometry according to the Poincaré model? By translating every step using hyperbolic circle ...
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Construct a triangle with its orthocenter and circumcenter on its incircle.

Construct $\triangle ABC$ such that its orthocenter ($H$) and circumcenter ($O$) are on its incircle. I've tried something by inverting everything WRT circumcircle but don't have proper idea... Or ...
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A circle can include all but one of n points, but which one can it be?

The answers to the question "Circle enclosing all but one of n points" demonstrate that, given $n$ points, it is possible to construct a circle such that all but one of the points is inside the circle ...
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construct triangle given $b-c$, $r$ and $h_{b}$

As in title: the problem is to construct triangle given difference of sides $b$ and $c$, then in-circle radius $r$, and height $h_{b}$. The problem is from a set of problems exercising various ...
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Finding $\sqrt{17}$ and $\sqrt{257}$ in the regular $17$-gon and $257$-gon?

(Edit: I need to revise this question with my original intent. Pls do not answer it yet. Thanks.) Given the regular $n$-gon formed by the $n$-th roots of unity. For some $n$, how do we find $\sqrt{...
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Drawing a circle tangential to 3 circles (internally to one of them)

The two small circles (in black) are equal in radius, and tangential to the large circle. They also touch each other at the center of the large circle. Now, I want to construct a circle (in orange) ...