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 Constructing Polygons [06/03/1998]

How do you construct a regular pentagon and a regular decagon? Can you
construct a regular ngon?
 Geometry Constructions with Compass and Straightedge [11/13/1998]

I need help constructing medians, angle bisectors, and perpendicular
bisectors of triangles.
 Simson Line [04/19/1999]

What is the Simson line?
 Tangent Circle Construction [12/02/1996]

Given a circle with two points inside it, construct another circle that
passes through the given points and is tangent to the given circle.
 16sided Regular Polygon [07/31/2001]

How can I construct a 16sided polygon?
 The Angle Bisector and Equal Side Ratios, Now by Similarity [01/15/2016]

Bisecting the angle of one triangle vertex puts its adjacent legs in
proportion with segments on the opposite leg that result from extending
that bisection. How do you prove this proportionality using similarity?
By extending the angle bisector even further, Doctor Floor shows the
way.
 AngleSideSide Does Not Work [11/12/2001]

Can you give me a construction to show that AngleSideSide does not
prove two triangles congruent?
 Angle Trisection: Construction vs. Drawing [10/17/2001]

Has anyone ever divided an angle into three equal parts by construction?
I have been told it has not been accomplished.
 Apollonian Construction Problem [03/06/2001]

Given a line and two points A and B, construct a circle tangent to the
line and containing the two points.
 Apollonius' Problem [09/07/2000]

Given three circles, is it possible to construct a circle tangent to each
of them using only a compass and straightedge?
 Applying Euler's Methods [07/27/1999]

Questions about prime divisors, triangle constructions, decomposing
quartic polynomials, and rational roots.
 Arbelos Construction [03/10/2000]

Is there a Euclidean construction for the circles that are sandwiched in
the Arbelos?
 Attempt at Trisecting an Angle [11/08/1999]

Can the arcs of the two circles formed by the construction described be
the same length? Would this construction trisect the angle?
 Bisecting a ZeroDegree Angle [08/26/2003]

Can a zero degree angle be bisected?
 Classical Geometry [04/16/2002]

Let ABC be a triangle with sides a, b, c. Let h be the perpendicular
from A to a, and m the median from A to the midpoint of a. Construct
the triangle using only ruler and compass if you know A, h, m.
 Collapsible Compass [01/23/2002]

How did the early Greek mathematicians reproduce lengths with a
collapsible compass?
 Collapsible Compass [11/21/2003]

What is a collapsible compass, and when would you use one?
 Construct a Trapezoid [08/28/2001]

I tried drawing two lines that are parallel to each other for b and f,
and I drew c, but then d didn't fit. How do I construct this?
 Constructible Angles and Regular Polygons [04/17/1998]

What angles and regular polygons are constructible?
 Constructing a 45degree Angle [06/02/1998]

How do you construct a 45degree angle with only a compass and a
straightedge?
 Constructing a Line to Divide Area of a Triangle in Half [05/13/1998]

Cutting a triangle into two pieces of equal area by drawing a a line
parallel to one of the sides.
 Constructing an Ellipse [04/15/1997]

How do you draw an ellipse?
 Constructing Angles in Standard Position [12/11/2003]

I'm just learning to construct angles, and sometimes the answer key
shows the opposite of what I've constructed because I have started my
line pointing left instead of right. Does this make a difference?
 Constructing a OneDegree Angle [05/25/2000]

Is it possible to contruct a one degree angle using only a straightedge
and compass?
 Constructing a Regular Pentagon [2/21/1995]

We are interested in knowing how to construct a regular pentagon using a
compass and a straight edge.
 Constructing a Segment [09/26/1999]

Given a 1" segment and a 2.5" segment, how can you find a segment of
length sqrt(2.5)" using only a compass and a straightedge?
 Constructing a Segment of a Given Length [09/09/2005]

How do you construct a segment of length "the 8th root of 3" using a
compass and a straightedge?
 Constructing a Square [12/25/1998]

Given any four points, construct a square such that each side or
extension passes through one point.
 Constructing a Tangent to a Circle [03/19/1999]

Construct a tangent to a circle through a given point not on the circle.
 Constructing a Tangent to a Circle, Continued [03/26/2013]

The proof of a tangency construction leaves a couple puzzled. Doctor Peterson
explains how it relies on a property of angles inscribed in semicircles.
 Constructing a Triangle [08/20/1999]

How can you construct a triangle with 3 differentsize segments?
 Constructing a Triangle [09/29/2003]

Let x be a given angle. Let m and n be given lengths such that n > m.
How can I construct triangle ABC such that AB = m, AC + CB = n, and
the measure of angle ACB = x?
 Constructing a Triangle Given the Medians [01/01/2001]

How can I construct a triangle ABC given AM, BN, and CP, the respective
medians from the vertices A, B, and C?
 Constructing Axes of an Ellipse with Straightedge and Compass [01/23/2006]

Presented with the graph of an ellipse, is there a way to determine
the axes by using straightedge and compass?
 Constructing Tangents to Circles [05/08/2002]

How do you construct a line tangent to a circle through a point
outside the circle? How do you do it with only a straightedge?
 Constructing the Golden Ratio Using a Compass [12/30/2003]

I am writing a paper on the Golden Ratio and want to include a section
on how to construct the ratio on a line using a compass. Could you
please explain the construction?
 Constructing the Orthocenter [01/27/1999]

How do you construct the orthocenter of a triangle?
 Construct Polygon Given One Side [12/03/2001]

How can you construct a polygon, given one side?
 Construct Triangle ABC Given Altitude... [04/11/2002]

Given the altitude from vertex A, angle BAC, and the radius of the
circumscribed circle, construct triangle ABC.
 Creating Tangents to Circles [10/24/2007]

I know how to draw a tangent to a circle from a point outside the
circle. How can I create four distinct tangents that are common to two
nonoverlapping circles?
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