Constructing TrianglesDate: 3/6/96 at 18:34:18 From: Gary Richey Subject: Constructing 30-60-90 triangles How do you construct 30-60-90 triangles with a compass and a straight edge? Date: 6/25/96 at 15:16:25 From: Doctor Robert Subject: Re: Constructing 30-60-90 triangles It's not too difficult to do this. First you need to construct an equilateral triangle. Start with a horizontal line segment. Set your compass to the length of this line and draw arcs, using this radius, from each end of the original segment. The point where they intersect and the endpoints of the original segment are the vertices of an equilateral triangle. Now bisect one of the angles. This bisector will intersect the opposite side and will form two 30-60-90 right triangles. -Doctor Robert, The Math Forum |
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