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it is required to draw a straight line from A which shall touch Book III, the circle.
Find a the center E of the circle, and join AE; and from a s. 3. the center E, at the distance EA, describe the circle AFG; from the point D draw b DF at right angles to EA, and join b 11.1. EBF, AB; AB touches the circle BCD.
Because E is the center of the circles BCD, AFG, EA is equal to EF: And
A ED to EB; therefore the two sides AE, EB are equal to the two FE, ED, and they contain the angle at
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F E common to the two triangles AFB, FED; therefore the base DF is equal to the base AB, and the triangle FED to the triangle AEB, and the other angles to the other angles: Therefore the c 4. 1. angle EBA is equal to the angle EDF: But EDF is a right angle, wherefore EBA is a right angle: And EB is drawn from the center; but a straight line drawn from the extremity of a diameter, at right angles to it, touches the circled: Therefore a Cor.16.3. AB touches the circle; and it is drawn from the given point A. Which was to be done.
But, if the given point be in the circumference of the circle, as the point D, draw DE to the center E, and DF at right angles to DE; DF touches the circled.
IF F a straight line touches a circle, the straight line drawn
from the center to the point of contact, shall be perpendicular to the line touching the circle.
Let the straight line DE touch the circle ABC in the point C, take the center F, and draw the straight line FC; FC is perpendicular to DE.
For, if it be not, from the point F draw FBG perpendicular to DE ; and because FGC is a right angle, GCT is an acute b 17. 1. angle; and to the greater angle the greatest lide is opposite : c 19. I.
IF a straight line touches a circle, and from the point
of contact a straight line be drawn at right angles to the touching line, the center of the circle shall be in that line.
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Let the straight line DE touch the circle ABC in C, and from C let CA be drawn at right angles to DE; the center of the circle is in CA.
For, if not, let F be the center, if possible, and join CF;
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angle at the circumference, upon the same base, that is, upon the same part of the circumference.
Lei ÁBC be a circle, and BEC an angle at the center, and Book III. BAC an angle at the circumference, which have the same circunference BC for their base ; the angle BEC is double of the angle BAC.
A First, Let E the center of the circle bé within the angle BAC, and join AE, and produce it to F: Because EA is equal to EB, the angle EAB is equal to
a s.r. the angle EBA; therefore the angles EAB, EBA are double of the angle EAB;
b 32. Ii but the angle BEF is equal to the angles B EAB, EBA ; therefore also the angle BEF is double of the angle CAB: For the fame reason, the angle FEC is double of the angle EAC: Therefore the whole angle BEC is double of the whole angle BAC.
Again, Let E the center of the circle be without the angle BDC, and join DE and produce it to G. It may be demonstrated, as in the first
D cale, that the angle GEC is double of the angle GDC, and that GEB a
Í part of the first is double of GDB a part of the other; therefore the re- G maining angle BEC is double of the remaining angle 'BDC. Therefore the angle at the center, &c. Q. E. D.
THE angles in the fame feginent of a circle are e- see N.
Let ABCD be a circle, and BAD, BED angles in the same segment BAED : The angles BAD, BED are equal to one another.
Take F the center of the circle ABCD: And, first, let the fegment BAED be greater than a femicircle, and join BF, FD: And because the B angie BFD is at the center, and the angle BAD at the circumference, and that they have the same part of
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Book III. the circumference, viz. BCD, for their base ; therefore the arro
gle BFD is double a of the angle BAD: For the same reason, the angle BFD is double of the angle BED: Therefore the angle BAD is equal to the angle BED.
But, if the segment BAED be not greater than a semicircle, let BAD, BED be angles in it; these
D circle ; and the angles in it BAC, BEC are equal, by the first cafe: For
FT the same reason, because CBED is greater than a femicircle, the angles CAD, CED are equal : Therefore the whole angle BAD is equal to the whole angle BED. Wherefore the angles in the same segment, &c. Q. E. D.
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"HE opposite angles of any quadrilateral figure de
scribed in a circle, are together equal to two righe angles.
Let ABCD be a quadrilateral figure in the circle ABCD any two of its opposite angles are together equal to two righe angles.
Join AC, BD; and because the three angles of every triangle are equal to two right angles, the three angles of the triangle CAB, viz. the angles CAB, ABC, BCA are equal to two right angles : But the angle CAB
BAD, DCB may be shewn to be equal to two right angles. Book. III. Therefore, the opposite angles, &c. Q. E. D.
TPON the same straight line, and upon the same side see N.
of it, there cannot be two similar segments of circles, not coinciding with one another.
If it be possible, let the two similar segments of circles, viz. ACB, ADB, be upon the fame side of the same straight line AB, not coinciding with one another : Then, because the circle ACB cuts the circle ADB in the
D two points A, B, they cannot cut one
a 10. 3. another in any other point : One of the segments must therefore fall within the other ; let ACB fall within ADB, and draw the straight line BCD, and join CA, DA: And because the feg.
B ment ACB is similar to the segment ADB, and that fimilar segments of circles contain equal an- b 11. def. 3. gles; the angle ACB is equal to the angle ADB, the exterior to the interior, which is impossible. Therefore, there cannot c 16.1. be two similar segments of a circle upon the same side of the same line, which do not coincide. Q. E. D.
'IMILAR segments of circles upon equal straight Sec N.
lines, are equal to one another. Let AEB, CFD be similar segments of circles upon the equal Straight lines AB, CD; the segment AEB is equal to the segment CFD.
For, if the seg ment AEB be
E applied to the legment CFD, so as the point A be on C, and A
в с the straight line AB upon CD, the point B shall coincide with the point D, be. E 4