
Re: A question about straight lines
Posted:
Jan 29, 2014 12:47 PM


Neighbor says: >Let's make the issue clearer: When we want to divide something into two exactly equal parts, in the process of division we, of course, don't lose parts of the thing we are dividing, but we divide the whole in two exactly equal parts. For instance, if we have 6 candies, and we want to divide them in half, we take three on one side and three on the other, not losing candies in the process of division. Now when we divide a straightline into two equal ones, in the process of division we lose a part of that straightline (i.e. the point through which we divide it), that is to say, initially we have AB and finally (after the division being made) we have A(C) C (C)B, and A(C) and (C)B are said to be the two equal straightlines in which AB has been divided, for the point C cannot be divided between them, having no parts. Let's make an example like the previous: having 5 candies that we want to divide into two exactly equal parts, we take 2 on one side and 2 on the other, and the ! o! ne candy left, if it's able to be divided in half, then we will divide the 5 candies into two exactly equal parts with success. But if the candy left cannot be divided, as the remaining point C which we cannot divide, then our purpose of dividing the 5 candies into two exactly equal parts is unreachable. And the same follows for a straightline that is divided by means of a point on itself. Therefore, the inference seems to me to be that a straightline cannot be divided into two exactly equal parts by means of a point on it.
OK  so I think I got your meaning exactly right when I posed (translated into something more precise than your adhoc notation) the problem:
Divide a (continuous) line segment S into 2 lines segments A & B (of equal lengths or not, doesn't matter really....) such that: 1. A & B are disjoint 2. A U B = S 3. A & B are both closed (or both open)
It can't be done. Too bad, but there are various things that can't be done in math. Too bad.
#3 captures, I think, what you mean by "exactly equal"  however, if your condition is rephrased as "of equal length", then it *can* be done. I don't think you even really know, or can make very precise, what you mean by "exactly equal".
Cheers, Joe N

