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Finding an invisible circle by drawing another line

A friend of mine taught me the following question. He said he found it in a book a few years ago. Though I've tried to solve it, I'm facing difficulty. Question: You know on a plane there is an ...
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Some theorems in euclidean geometry have incomplete proofs

I have seen that, in euclidean geometry, proofs of some theorems use one instance of the 'geometric shape'(on which the theorem is based) to proof the theorem. Like, the proof of 'A straight line ...
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Probability that a stick randomly broken in five places can form a tetrahedron

Edit (March. 2014) This question has been moved to mathoverflow; see here. Randomly break a stick in five places. Question: What is the probability that the resulting six pieces can form a ...
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Number of circles in configuration

Consider the $n^2$ lattice points $(i, j)$, where $1 \leq i, j \leq n$. Let the number of circles that pass through at least 3 points of this set be $C(n)$. What is a good way to count this? Is there ...
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A cute geometry problem about angle trisectors.

Here is a cute geometry problem I saw some time ago. I know the solution, I just wanted to share ;-) (Please, don't be mad at me.) Consider an acute triangle $\triangle ABC$. Let $AP$, $AQ$ and ...
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Which chapters of Euclid's elements would be helpful for drawing a grid?

I am drawing a $19 \times 19$ grid on my desk. For aesthetic purposes, I don't want to use a ruler. Rather, I want to use Euclidean theorems to 'prove' to myself that such and such line meets at a ...