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

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How to build a trapezoid

Build a trapezoid knowing its diagonals, the angle between them, and, also, the sum of $2$ adiacent sides. I appreciate your time and help!
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what is the most sided sturdy regular n-polygon that can be made with lego?

Was puzzeling with this question: What is the most sided regular n-polygon that can be made with lego? It has to be sturdy (the polygon should stay in shape when pushed around) made with the normal ...
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Could Euclid have bisected a line segment without his method of superposition?

In Book I Proposition 10 of the Elements, Euclid performs the bisection (i.e. finding a midpoint) of a line segment. In the course of doing so, he uses Book I Proposition 4, the Side-Angle-Side ...
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Construct triangle given inradius and circumradius

If we know the inradius $r$ of a triangle and the circumradius $R$ we can find out the distance between the incircle $I$ and the circumcircle $O$: $OI^2 = R^2-2Rr$. Therefore we can draw the incircle ...
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History of Compass/Straight Edge Construction

I'm interested in learning the origin of compass/straight-edge constructions. In particular, I am interested in the historical interplay between Euclid's axioms for plane geometry, and ...
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Prove that $45°$ angle can be trisected with straightedge and compass.

I want to prove that $45°$ angle can be trisected for this i have to show that $\sin 15°$ or $\cos 15°$ is constructible. How can i show that $\sin 15° \in \mathbb{Q}(\sqrt{2},\sqrt{3})$?
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Is it possible to approximate all angles with certain pythagorean triples?

With sticks $a,b$ and $c$ of length $3,4$ and $5$, you able to draw a right (tri)angle. But are also able to construct an angle $\cos\alpha=\frac35, \alpha=\arccos(\frac35)=$$53.13010...^°$. Is it ...
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Exercise $7.7$ page $82$ Ian Stewart, Galois Theory

Prove that an angle $\theta$ can be trisected by ruler and compasses iff the polynomial $4t^{3}-3t-\cos\theta$ is reducible over $\mathbb{Q}\left(\cos\theta\right)$
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Two points on sides AB and AC of a triangle

How to determine using only the straightedge and compass the points P and Q on the sides AB and AC of a given triangle ABC such that the triangle APQ and the quadrilateral BPQC have the same surface ...
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Constructablilty of regular polygons on a sphere

There is a very clear theory of what polygons can be constructed in the plane. One of my professors said that he believed the same ones could be constructed on a sphere through stereographic ...
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Constructing a circle through 2 points

We have a triangle ABC with a circumscribed circle. Somewhere between BC we place a point D. There is a circle which goes through D and whose tangent at AB is A. This circle also intersects the ...
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Solving construction problems?

I recently encountered 'construction problems' in geometry. These were quite new to me and I didn't know the requirements they expected and prerequisites to solve them. I'll explain with an example. ...
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How to construct longitudinal from transversal waves and vice versa?

The above construction of a longitudinal wave out of a transversal wave has been encountered somewhere in an old physics textbook. There are several drawbacks with this construction. The maximum ...
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Pentagon construction

What is the simplest way to construct a regular pentagon using Euclid's Elements? Using the compass and straight edge is easy to get one side but how should the second side begin?
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Ruler and compass construction of the unit-distance petersen graph embedding

The Petersen graph is a unit distance graph, and this embedding is shown below, where each edge of the graph is one unit in length. Is there a ruler and compass construction for this embedding? If ...
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Are there impossible boolean constructions?

I was reading about logic and I remember, for example: That with the binary $\mathtt{NAND}$ connector can be used to assemble all the other binary connectors - I already know that there are primitive ...
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construct x =ab by using compass alone, if a and b are given segments.

I found the problem in the book "What is mathematics?". The following is a description of Mohr's constructions.(Macheroni problem) 9) Find $x = ab$, if $a$ and $b$ are given segments. I ...
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Perpendicular at a defined distance from point on line intersects another line in coordinates?

It approximatelly look likes the following picture The figure may be rotated at any angle. I know the coordinates of points A, B, C, D and the length of BF. ABD and CBD are equal (AD = CD and AB = ...
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Linejoin for fat lines?

I draw a figure with 2 fat lines. I need to draw a join between these lines correctly. Long red lines are in a middle of each fat line. What I know: coordinates of white points. the angle between ...
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Straight line problem : Find the number of points which lies between the figure : $(0,0) , (0,21); (20,0)$

Problem: Find the number of points which lies inside the triangle : $(0,0) , (0,21); (20,0) $ Approach : Let us take point $A = (0,0)$, $B = (0,21)$, and $C = (20,0)$. Since the figure ...
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Proof of necessary condition for constructibility of a number

I'm reading a proof of the necessary condition for a real number to be constructible, and it seems to leave out a few details that I can't really fill in. This is what I understand so far. We have to ...
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Application of Compass-and-straightedge construction

Nowadays with computers, Compass-and-straightedge construction doesn't look useful from my point of view. Probably I am just too narrow-minded, So I'm just curious, could anyone tell me any ...
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Why only compass and straightedge?

I've read and watched some lectures on euclidean geometry - not so advanced but I've seen the focus on constructions. Two instruments are used, compass and straightedge, I had the following doubts: ...
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Drawing Euclid?

I decided to study Euclid for fun. I have Oliver Bryne's edition. I also want, as much as possible, to construct the figures myself, to get a deeper understanding. How did people traditionally do ...
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Finding a line perpendicular to a line and passing through the intersection of other two lines

So here is the question as in my text book Find the equation of the line through the intersection of $2x - 3y + 4 = 0 $ and $3x + 4y - 5 = 0$ and perpendicular to $6x - 7y + c = 0$ so I ...
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How to draw or construct a brachistochrone

Since the brachistochrone is such a beautiful curve in our planet, I want to build one somewhere around 1.60 m high. I need a quick way to trace the curve on the material to be cut, e.g. a wide sheet ...
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Minimal number of moves to construct the challenges (circle packings and regular polygons) in Ancient Greek Geometry?

In the web game Ancient Greek Geometry, there are challenges to construct regular polygons and circle packings using ruler and compass constructions. The game measures the number of line and circles ...
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Occurrence of $e$ in intersecting circles.

Consider two identical circles that share a radius such that they intersect. The radii of the circles are $\pi\over 2$. If this new shape sits such that its major axis is horizontal and the shortest ...
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Can one trisect $\arccos(6/7)$?

Is this proof correct? Proof: Here $\theta = \arccos(6/7)$. Now to show we can't trisect $\theta$, we show that $\theta/3$ is not constructible by finding the irreducible polynomial in $\mathbb ...
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Equilateral and equiangular polygon

Can we have an equilateral polygon $n \geq 5$, which is not equiangular? Ot does every odd n-gon which is equilateral must be equiangular? Is a construction of an equilateral but not equiangular n-gon ...
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Descartes' theorem: Find the midpoint of the $4$th circle

I'm thinking about Descartes' theorem "Wikipedia". I understood how to find the radius with algebra. Now I'm trying to use ruler and compass to find the midpoint of the 4th circle. I thought about ...
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How can I construct a square using a compass and straight edge in only 8 moves?

I'm playing this addictive little compass and straight edge game: http://www.sciencevsmagic.net/geo/ I've been able to beat most of the challenges, but I can't construct a square in 8 moves. To ...
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Geometric proof that if n is a non-perfect square, then √n is irrational.

I know there is a geometric proof of the irrationality of √2. I thought maybe this one could be generalized for √n when n is a non-perfect square, but I could not find something like that anywhere. ...
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Pair of compasses drawing a square (from children's fiction)

I have read a children's book where alien race of "square people" used a pair of compasses that drafted a perfect square when used. Now I wanted to explain to the child that it is not possible to have ...
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To construct an ellipse, being a projection of a great circle, given two points on it

I'm looking for a geometric construction which would allow me to draw an ellipse, which is supposed to be an orthographic projection of a great circle of a sphere, given two points on it. The ...
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Construction of triangle

I don't know how to prove or disprove the following problem: How to construct triangle if elements $a$, $b$, $\beta-\gamma$ are given? Is it constructible (if not, how to prove it)? Any help is ...
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Are the lengths from this recursive construction a geometric sequence?

In his 1999 review of Edward Tufte's Visual Explanations in the Notices of the AMS (third page), Bill Casselman gives a very pretty proof of the irrationality of the golden mean. More precisely, ...
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Importance of construction of polygons

Why did the ancient Greeks give so much importance to the construction of regular polygons with $n$-sides using only ruler and compass and tried to study for what $n$ was such a construction possible? ...
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Software to Explain Geometrical Construction

I would like to know about a software that will help me SHOW construction of geometrical figures. Maybe something as simple as constructing a triangle. BUT I need to see a compass and a Straight ...
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Geometric calculation: two kneading discs

I have two kneading discs of a screw overlapping with each other at 60 deg. I know the cross section area of one disc and I want to know what will be the overlap area if the other disc is rotated at ...
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Equilateral triangle geometric problem

I have an Equilateral triangle with unknown side $a$. The next thing I do is to make a random point inside the triangle $P$. The distance $|AP|=3$ cm, $|BP|=4$ cm, $|CP|=5$ cm. It is the red ...
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Apollonius circle

I'm given two points, $A$ and $B$, and two lengths, $b$ and $c$. I need to find the locus of point $C$ such that $BC:AC=b:c$. This link describes Apollonius circle of first type, but I can't seem to ...
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Constructing irrational numbers

Which of the following numbers is constructible? 1) $3.14141414\ldots$ 2) $\sqrt{3}$ 3) $5^\frac{1}{4}$ 4) $2^\frac{1}{6}$ Also, Given a segment of length $\pi$, is it possible to construct, ...
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Doubling the cube neusis

Can anyone explain me in simple maths the neusis construction at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doubling_the_cube#Using_a_marked_ruler? Why and how does it produce the $\root 3 \of 2$?
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Is it fair to say that Kepler's equation involves squaring the circle?

I'm trying to understand the degree to which I'm at sea, anchored, or on firm ground, and how to firm up my understanding as needed. I think Kepler's equation reduces to a task (call it $t$, which ...
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Construction of a triangle, given: side, sum of the other sides and angle between them.

Given: $\overline{AB}$, $\overline{AC}+\overline{BC}$ and $\angle C$. Construct the triangle $\triangle ABC$ using rule and compass.
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How to draw right triangle whose hypotenuse is side of square and whose side is tangent to a circle?

Given a circle whose center (P) is at center of a square, and using pencil, compass, and straight-edge, how can I create a right triangle whose hypotenuse is side of square and whose side is tangent ...
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Finding a circle that touch two other circles and a line

Given two circles $(x1, y1, r1), (x2, y2, r2)$ and a line passing through two points $A(xa, ya)$ and $B(xb, yb)$. How to find a circle $(x3, y3, r3)$ that is tangent to line and two given circles? I ...
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Sangaku. How to draw those three circles with only a ruler and a compass?

I found in a book of Sangakus the following problem. Let $R_b$, $R_g$ and $R_r$ the radiuses of the blue, green and red circles $C_b$, $C_g$ and $C_r$. Prove that ...
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Construct two chords of equal length through points A and B (two arbitrary points INSIDE a circle) that are perpendicular to each other.

Its a construction problem I am having trouble with. I realize I need to use rotations and/or other isometries but I am really stuck. Any help would be really appreciated! Thanks!