Background[ edit ] Euclidean geometrynamed after the Greek mathematician Euclidincludes some of the oldest known mathematics, and geometries that deviated from this were not widely accepted as legitimate until the 19th century.
Introduction to constructions Constructions: The drawing of various shapes using only a pair of compasses and straightedge or ruler. No measurement of lengths or angles is allowed. The word construction in geometry has a very specific meaning: Very importantly, you are not allowed to measure angles with a protractoror measure lengths with a ruler.
Compasses Compasses are a drawing instrument used for drawing circles and arcs. It has two legs, one with a point and the other with a pencil or lead.
You can adjust the distance between the point and the pencil and that setting will remain until you change it. This kind of compass has nothing to do with the kind used find the north direction when you are lost.
A compass used to find the north direction is usually referred to in the singular - a compass. The kind we are talking about here is usually referred to in the plural - compasses. Straightedge A straightedge is simply a guide for the pencil when drawing straight lines.
In most cases you will use a ruler for this, since it is the most likely to be available, but you must not use the markings on the ruler during constructions. If possible, turn the ruler over so you cannot see them. Why we learn about constructions The Greeks formulated much of what we think of as geometry over years ago.
In particular, the mathematician Euclid documented it in his book titled "Elements", which is still regarded as an authoritative geometry reference. In that work, he uses these construction techniques extensively, and so they have become a part of the geometry field of study.
They also provide insight into geometric concepts and give us tools to draw things when direct measurement is not appropriate.
Why did Euclid do it this way? For example, one of the basic constructions is bisecting a line dividing it into two equal parts.
Why not just measure it with a ruler and divide by two? One theory is the the Greeks could not easily do arithmetic. They had only whole numbers, no zero, and no negative numbers. This meant they could not for example divide 5 by 2 and get 2. Also, their numbers did not use a positional system like ours, with units, tenshundreds etc, but more like the Roman numerals.
In short, it was quite difficult to do useful arithmetic. So, faced with the problem of finding the midpoint of a line, it was very difficult to do the obvious - measure it and divide by two.
This led to the constructions using compass and straightedge or ruler. It is also why the straightedge has no markings. It is definitely not a graduated ruler, but simply a pencil guide for making straight lines.Sacred Geometry Introductory Tutorial by Bruce Rawles In nature, we find patterns, designs and structures from the most minuscule particles, to expressions of life discernible by human eyes, to the greater cosmos.
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