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*5.& 32.1.

If ABC be an isosceles trianglé, it is evident*, that if any one of its angles be given, the rest are also

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given ; and therefore the triangle is given in species without the consideration of the ratio of the perpendicular to the base which in this case is given by Prop. 50.

But when ABC is not an isosceles triangle, take any straight line EF given in position and magnitude, and upon it describe the segment of a circle EGF, containing an angle equal to the given angle BAC, draw GH'bisecting EF at right

angles, and join EG, GF: then, since the angle EGF is equal to the angle BAC, and that EGF is an isosceles triangle, and ABC is not, the angle FEG is not equal to the angle CBA: draw EL, making the angle FEL, equal to the angle CBA ; join FL, and draw LM perpendicular to EF; then because the triangles ELF, BAC, are equiangular, as also are the triangles MLE, DAB, as ML to LE, so is DA to AB: and as LE to EF, so is AB to BC; wherefore, ex æquali, as LM to EF, so is AD to BC; and because the ratio of AD to BC is given, therefore the ratio of LM to EF is given; and EF is given, wherefore * LM also is given. Complete the parallelogram LMFK; and because LM is given, FK is given in magnitude; it is also given in position ; and the point F is given, and consequently * the point K; and because through K the straight line KL is drawn parallel to EF, which is given in position, therefore * KL is given in position: and the circum

ference ELF is given in position ; therefore the point • 28 Dat. L is given *: and because the points L, E, F, are given,

the straight lines LE, EF, FL, are given * in magni• 42 Dat. tude; therefore the triangle LEF is given in species *;

and the triangle ABC is similar to LEF, wherefore also ABC is given in species.

Because LM is less than GH, the ratio of LM to EF, that is, the given ratio of AD to BC, must be less

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than the ratio of GH to EF, which the straight line in a segment of a circle containing an angle equal to the given angle, that bisects the base of the segment at right angles, has unto the base.

Cor. 1. If two triangles, ABC, LEF, have one angle BAC equal to one angle ELF, and if the perpendicular Að be to the base BC, as the perpendicular LM to the base EF, the triangles ABC, LEF, are similar,

Describe the circle EGF about the triangle ELF, and draw LN parallel to EF, join EN, NF, and draw NO_perpendicular to EF; because the angles ENF, ELF, are equal, and that the angle EFN is equal to the alternate angle FNL, that is, to the angle FEL, in the same segment; therefore the triangle NEF is similar to LEF; and in the segment EGF there can be no other triangle upon the base EF, which has the ratio of

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its perpendicular to that base the same with the ratio of LM or NO to EF, because the perpendicular must be greater or less than LM or NO; but, as has been shewn in the preceding demonstration, a triangle similar to ABC, can be described in the segment EGF, upon

the base EF, and the ratio of its perpendicular to the base is the same, as was there shewn, with the ratio of AD to BC, that is, of LM to EF; therefore that triangle must be either LEF, or NEF, which therefore are similar to the triangle ABC.

Cor. 2. If a triangle ABC have a given angle BAC, and if the straight line AR drawn from the given angle to the opposite side BC, in a given angle ARC, have a given ratio to BC, the triangle ABC is given in species.

Draw AD perpendicular to BC; therefore the triangle ARD is given in species ; wherefore the ratio of AD to AR is given: and the ratio of AR to BC is given, and consequently * the ratio of AD to BC is 9 Dat.

given; and the triangle ABC is therefore given iti 77 Dat. species *

CoR. 3. If two triangles ABC, LEF, have one angle BAC equal to one angle ELF, and if straight lines drawn from these anglés to the bases, making with them given and equal angles, have the same ratio to the bases, each to each; then the triangles are similar: for having drawn perpendiculars

to the bases from the equal angles, as one perpendicular 4.6. is to its base, so is the other to its base *; wherefore, by 22.5. Cor. 1. the triangles are similar.

A triangle similar to ABC may be found thus : having described the segment EGF, and drawn the straight line GH as was directed in the proposition, find FK, which has to EF the given ratio of AD to BC; and place FK at right angles to EF from the point F; then because, as has been shewn, the ratio of AD to BC, that is, of FK to EF, must be less than the ratio of GH to EF, therefore FK is less than GH; and consequently the parallel to EF drawn through the point K, must meet the circumference of the segment in two points: let L be either of them, and join EL, LF, and draw LM perpendicular to EF: then, because the angle BAC is equal to the angle ELF, and that AD is to BC, as KF, that is, LM, to EF, the triangle ABC is similar to the triangle LEF, by Cor. 1.

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PROP. LXXVIII.

If a triangle have one angle given, and if the ratio

of the rectangle of the sides which contain the given angle to the square of the third side be given, the triangle is given in species.

Let the triangle ABC have the given angle BAC, and let the ratio of the rectangle BA, AC, to the square of BC be given; the triangle ABC is given in species.

From the point A, draw AD perpendicular to BC, the rectangle AD, BC, bas a given ratio to its half* the triangle ABC; and because the angle BAC is

given, the ratio of the triangle ABC to the rectangle • Cor. 62. BA, AC is given *; and by the hypothesis, the ratio

of the rectangle BA, AC, to the square of BC is given ;

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therefore * the ratio of the rectangle AD, BC, to the * 9 Dat. square of BC, that is *, the ratio of the straight line * 1. 6. AD to BC, is given; wherefore the triangle ABC is given in species *

A triangle similar to ABC may be found thus: take a straight line EF given in position and magnitude, and make the angle FÉG equal to the given angle BAC, and draw FH perpendicular to EG, and BK perpendicular to AC; therefore the

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F which is equal to it, is to the rectangle BA, AC, as the straight line BK to BA, that is, as FH to FE. Let the given ratio of the rectangle BA, AC, to the square of BC, be the same with the ratio of the straight line EF to FL; therefore, ex æquali, the ratio of the rectangle AD, BC, to the square of BC, that is, the ratio of the

straight line AD to BC, is the same with the ratio of HF to FL, and because AD is not greater than the straight line MN in the segment of the circle described about the triangle ABC, which bisects BC at right angles; the ratio of AD to BC, that is, of HF to FL, must not be greater than the ratio of MN to BC: let it be so; and by the 77th Dat. find a triangle OPQ which has one of its angles POQ equal to the given angle BAC, and the ratio of the perpendicular OR, drawn from that angle to the base PQ, the same with the ratio of HF to FL; then the triangle ABC is similar to OPQ: because, as has been shewn, the ratio of AD to BC is the same with the ratio of (HF to FL, that is, by the construction, with the ratio of) OR to PQ; and the angle BAC is equal to the angle POQ. Therefore the triangle ABC is similar* to the triangle POQ.

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Otherwise.

Let the triangle ABC have the given angle BAC, and let the ratio of the rectangle BA, AC, to the square of BC, be given; the triangle ABC is given in species.

Because the angle BAC is given, the excess of the square of both the sides BA, AC, together, above the

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square of the third side BC has a given * ratio to the triangle ABC. Let the figure D be equal to this excess; therefore the ratio of D to the triangle ABC is

given: and the ratio of the triangle ABC to the rect• Cor. 62 angle BA, AC, is given *, because BAC is a given an

gle, and the rectangle BA,
AC, has a given ratio to the
square of BC; wherefore the
ratio of D to the square of BC

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the ratio of the space D, toge-

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ther with the square of BC, to
the square of BC is given; but D, together with the
square of BC, is equal to the square of both BA and
AC together; therefore the ratio of the square of BA,

AC, together, to the square of BC, is given; and the * 59 Dat. ratio of BA, AC, together, to BC is therefore given *;

and the angle BAC is given, wherefore * the triangle ABC is given in species.

The composition of this, which depends upon those of the 76th and 48th Propositions, is more complex than the preceding composition, which depends upon that of Prop. 77. which is easy.

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PROP. LXXIX. See N. If a triangle have a given angle, and if the straight line

drawn from that angle to the base, making a given angle with it, divide the base into segments which have a given ratio to one another , the triangle is given in species.

Let the triangle ABC have the given angle BAC, and let the straight line AD, drawn to the base BC, making the given angle ADB, divide BC into the segments BD, DC, which have a given ratio to one an

other; the triangle ABC is given in species. * 5. 4.

Describe the circle BAC about the triangle, and from its centre E, draw EA, EB, EC, ED; because the angle BAC is given, the angle BEC at the centre, which is the double * of it, is given. And the ratio of

BE to EC is given, because they are equal to one an• 44 Dat. other; therefore* the triangle BEC is given in species,

and the ratio of EB to BC is given; also the ratio of CB * 7 Dat. to BD is given *; because the ratio of BD to DC is given, * 9 Dat.

therefore the ratio of EB to BD is given *, and the angle * 44 Dat. EBC is given, wherefore the triangle EBD is given * in

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