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From the point A to B drawa
Book I. the straight line AB; and upon it describeb' the equilateral triangle
a 1. Post,
H DAB, and produce the straight
b 1. 1. lines DA, DB to E and F, from
c 2. Post. the centre B, at the distance BC, described the circle CGH, and
d 3. Post. from the centre D, at the distance DG, describe the circle GKL. AL shall be equal to BC.
F of the circle CGH, BC is equale
e 11. Def. to BG; and because D is the centre of the circle GKL, DL is equal to DG; and DA, DB, parts of them, are equalf ; therefore the remainder AL is equal f 19. Def. to the remainders BG: but it has been shown, that BC is g 3. Ax. equal to BG; wherefore AL and BC are each of them equal to BG; therefore the straight line AL is equal to BCh. h 1. Ax. Wherefore, from the given point A a straight line AL has been drawn equal to the given straight line BC. Which was to be done.
PROP. III. PROB.
FROM the greater of two given straight lines to cut off a part equal to the less. . Let AB and C be the two gi
D ven straight lines, whereof AB is the greater. It is required to cut off from AB, the greater, a part equal to C, the less.
E B From the point A drawa the straight line AD equal to C:
a 2. 1. and from the centre A, and at
F the distance AD, describeb the
b 3. Posts circle DEF; and because A is he centre of the circle DEF, AE is equal to AD; but he straight line C is likewise equal to AD; whence AE and C are each of them equal to AD; wherefore the straight ine AE is equal toc C, and from AB, the greater of two c 1, Ax. straight lines, a part AE has been cut off, equal to Ç the less. Which was to be done.
PROP. IV. THEOREM.
IF two triangles have two sides of the one equal to two sides of the other, each to each; and have likewise the angles contained by those sides equal to one another; their bases, or third sides, shall be equal; and the two triangles shall be equal ; and their other angles shall be equal, each to each, viz. those to which the equal sides are opposite.
N. Let ABC, DEF be two triangles which have the two sides
AB, AC equal to the two sides DE, DF, each to each, viz.
F which the equal sides are opposite, shall be equal, each to each, viz. the angle ABC to the angle DEF, and the angle ACB to DFE.
For, if the triangle ABC be applied to the triangle DEF, so that the point A may be on D, and the straight line AB upon DE; the point B shall coincide with the point E, because AB is equal to DE; and AB coinciding with DE, AC shall coincide with DF, because the angle BAC is equal to the angle EDF; wherefore also the point C shall coincide
' with the point F, because AC is equal to DF: but the point
B coincides with the point E ; wherefore the base BC shall coa cor.def.3. incide with the base EFa, and shall be equal to it. Therefore
also the whole triangle ABC shall coincide with the whole
the triangles shall be equal, and their other angles, to which Book I. the equal sides are opposite, shall be equal, each to each. Which was to be demonstrated.
PROP. V. THEOR.
THE angles at the base of an isosceles triangle are n. equal to one another; and, if the equal sides be.produced, the angles upon the other side of the base shall also be equal.
b 4. 1.
Let ABC be an isosceles triangle, of which the side AB is equal to AC, and let the straight lines AB, AC be produced to D and E ; the angle ABC shall be equal to the angle ACB, and the angle CBD to the angle BCE.
In BD take any point F, and from AE, the greater, cut off AG equal to AF, the less, and join FC, GB.
a 3. 1. Because AF is equal to AG, and AB to AC, the two sides FA, AC are equal to the two GA, AB, each to each; and they contain the angle FAG
А common to the two triangles, AFC, AGB; therefore the base FC is equalb to the base GB, and the triangle AFC to the triangle AGB; and the remaining angles of the one are
с equal to the remaining angles of the other, each to each,
FA to which the equal sides are op
G posite, viz. the angle ACF to the angle ABG, and the angle D
E AFC to the angle AGB: and because the whole AF is equal to the whole AG, and the part AB to the part AC; the remainder BF shall be equals c 3. Ax. to the remainder CG; and FC was proved to be equal to GB, therefore the iwo sides. BF, FC are equal to the two CG, GB, each to each; but the angle BFC is equal to the angle CGB; wherefore the triangles BFC, CGB are equalb, and their remaining angles are equal, to which the equal sides are opposite ; therefore the angle FBC is equal to the angle (GCB, and the angle BCF to the angle CBG. Now, since it linas been demonstrated, that the whole angle ABG is equal to
Book I. the whole ACF, and the part CBG to the part BCF, the re
maining angle ABC is therefore equal to the remaining
COROLLARY. Hence every equilateral triangle is also equiangular
PROP. VI. THEOR.
à 3. 1.
IF two angles of a triangle be equal to one another, the sides which subtend, or are opposite to, those angles, shall also be equal to one another.
Let ABC be a triangle, having the angle ABC equal to the
For, if AB be not equal to AC, one of them is greater than
which is absurd. Therefore AB is not
Cor. Hence every equiangular triangle is also equilateral.
PROP. VII. THEOR.
Book I. UPON the same base, and on the same side of it, See N. there cannot be two triangles, that have their sides which are terminated in one extremity of the base equal to one another, and likewise those which are terminated in the other extremity, equal to one another.
a 5. 1.
If it be possible, let there be two triangles ACB, ADB, upon the same base AB, and upon the same side of it, which have their sides CA, DA, terminated in A, equal to one another, and likewise their sides CB, DB, terminated in B, equal
D to one another.
Join CD; then, in the case in which the vertex of each of the triangles is without the other triangle, because AC is equal to AD, the angle ACD is equala to the angle ADC: but the angle ACD is greater than
A the angle BCD; therefore the
B angle ADC is greater also than BČD; much more then is the angle BDC greater than the angle BCD. Again, because CB is equal to DB, the angle BDC is equala to the angle BCD; but it has been demonstrated to be greater than it; which is impossible.
But if one of the vertices, as D, be within the other triangle ACB; produce AC, AD to E E, F; therefore, because AC is e
F qual to AD, in the triangle ACD,
c the angles ECD, FDC, upon the other side of the base CD, are equala to one another; but the angle ĒCD is greater than the angle BCD; wherefore the angle FDC is likewise greater than BCD; much more then is the angle BDC greater than the angle BCD. A. gain, because CB is equal to DB,
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