# Tagged Questions

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

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### Representing the multiplication of two numbers on the real line

There is a simple way to graphically represent positive numbers $x$ and $y$ multiplied using only a ruler and a compass: Just draw the rectangle with height $y$ in top of it side $x$ (or vice versa), ...
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### Compass-and-straightedge construction of the square root of a given line?

Given A straight line of arbitrary length The ability to construct a straight line in any direction from any starting point with the "unit length", or the length whose square root of its magnitude ...
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### Direct proof that $\pi$ is not constructible

Is there a direct proof that $\pi$ is not constructible, that is, that squaring the circle cannot be done by rule and compass? Of course, $\pi$ is not constructible because it is transcendental and ...
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### Finding the circles passing through two points and touching a circle

Given two points and a circle, construct a/the circle through the two points and touching the given circle. I came across this problem in History of Numerical Analysis by H. Goldstein. I spent some ...
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### What is the (mathematical) point of straightedge and compass constructions?

The ancient discipline of construction by straightedge and compass is both fascinating and entertaining. But what is its significance in a mathematical sense? It is still taught in high school ...
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### Determine the centre of a circle

Given a circle $O$ on a paper, we do not know the centre point. Can we draw the centre only using a ruler (by which we can only draw straight lines)? One fact I know: we can draw the tangent line 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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### Is the non-existence of a general quintic formula related to the impossibility of constructing the geometric median for five points?

In particular, in the Computation section of in the Wikipedia page for geometric median, there is this statement: ...but no such formula is known for the geometric median, and it has been shown ...
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### How to construct the point of intersection of a line and a parabola whose focus and directrix are known?

I found this problem in Polya's "How to solve it". It goes as follows Using only a straight edge and a compass, construct the point(s) of intersection of a given line and a parabola whose focus ...
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### Construction of a right triangle

It's a high school level question which we can't seem to solve. Here it is: Given 2 lines, one of the length of the hypotenuse and the other with the length of the sum of the 2 legs, construct ...
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### Construction of a regular pentagon

In Robert Dixon's Mathographics, a regular pentagon is constructed with straightedge and compass only. It is the pentagon $ABCDE$ pictured below. I am having trouble seeing why the central angles ...
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### construct inverse point with respect to the circle by the use of the compass alone

If the given point P lies inside a circle C ，with center O，the circle of radius OP about P intersects C in two points. How to construct point P' inverse to point P with respect to the circle C by ...
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### Can a circle's circumference be divided into arbitrary number of equal parts using straight edge and compass only?

Can a circle's circumference be divided into arbitrary number of equal parts using straight edge and compass only? In other words, are all the $\frac{2\pi}{k} , k \in \mathbb N^+$ angles constructible?...
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### Drawing a triangle from medians

Is it possible to draw a triangle, if the length of its medians $(m_1, m_2, m_3)$ are given only? Someone asked me this question, but I can not see it. Is it really possible? UPDATE Apart from the ...
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### Construct the triangle with given angle bisectors

given three lines $\ell_1,\ell_2, \ell_3$ which intersect in one point $P$. How can one construct a triangle such that the given lines become its angle bisectors? So far I tried to find conditions ...
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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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### 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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### Using a compass and straightedge, what is the shortest way to divide a line segment into $n$ equal parts?

Sometimes I help my next door neighbor's daughter with her homework. Today she had to trisect a line segment using a compass and straightedge. Admittedly, I had to look this up on the internet, and ...
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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 ...