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it is required to draw a straight line from A which shall touch Book III. the circle.
Find a the centre E of the circle, and join AE: and from a l. 3. the centre E, at the distance EA, describe the circle AFG: from the point D drawb DF at right angles to EA, and join b 11. 1. EBF, AB: AB touches the circle BCD.
Because E is the centre of the circles BCD, AFG, EA is equal to EF: And ED to EB; therefore, the
A two sides AE, EB are equal to the two FE, ED, and they contain the angle at E, common to the two triangles G C E
F AEB, FED; therefore, the
B 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,
c 4. 1. the 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 centre: But a straight line drawn from the extremity of a diameter, at right angles to it, touches the circle:d Therefore AB touches the circle; and it is drawn d Cor. 16.3. 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 centre E, and DF at right angles to to DE; DF touches the circle d.
PROP. XVIII. THEOR.
If a straight line touches a circle, the straight line drawn from the centre to the point of contact is perpendicular to the line touching the circle.
Let the straight line DE touch the circle ABC in the point C; take the centre 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, GCF is a an acute a 17. 1. angle; and to the greater angle the greater side is opposite : b 19. 1.
Book III. Therefore, FC is greater than
FG; but FC is equal to FB;
may be shewn,
PROP. XIX. THEOR.
If a straight line touches a circle, and from the point of contact a straight line is drawn at right angles to the touching line, the centre of the circle is in that line.
Let the straight line DE touch the circle ABC in C, and
For, if not, let F be the centre, if possible, and join CF: Be-
is a right angle: But ACE is also
PROP. XX. THEOR.
The angle at the centre of a circle is double the angle at the circumference upon the same base, that is, upon the same part of the circumference.
Let ABC be a circle, and BEC an angle at the centre, Book III. and BAC an angle at the circumference, which have the same circumference BC for their base; the angle BEC is double the angle
First, Let E, the centre of the circle, be within the angle BAC, and join AE, and produce it to F: Because EA
E is equal to EB, the angle EAB is equal a to the angle EBĂ; therefore
a 5. 1. the angles EAB, EBA together, are double the angle EAB; but the angle
b 32. 1. BEF is equal to the angles EAB, EBA; therefore also the angle BEF is double the angle EAB: For the same reason, the angle FEC is double the angle EAC: Therefore the whole angle BEC is double the whole angle BAC.
Again, Let E, the centre of the circle, be without the angle BDC,
A and join DE, and produce it to G. It may be demonstrated, as in the
D first case, that the angle GEC is double the angle GDC, and that
E GEB, a part of the first, is double GDB, a part of the other; there- G fore, the remaining angle BEC is double the remaining angle BDC.
B Therefore, “ the angle at the 66 centre," &c. Q. E. D.
PROP. XXI. THEOR.
Take F, the centre of the circle ABCD: And, first, let the segment BAED be greater than a semicircle, and join BF, FD: And because the B angle BFD is at the centre, and the
D angle BAD at the circumference, both having the same part of the cir
Book III. cumference, viz. BCD for their base; therefore the angle
BFD is double a the angle BAD: For the same reason, the a 20. 3.
angle BFD is double the angle BED: Therefore the angle BAD is equal to the angle BED.
But, if the segment B.ED be not greater than a semicircle,
D BADC is greater than a semi
F circle; and the angles in it BAC, BEC are equal, by the first case : For the same reason, because CBED is greater than a semicircle, 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.
PROP. XXII. THEOR.
a 32. 1.
b 21. 3.
The opposite angles of any quadrilateral figure described in a circle, are together equal to two right angles.
Let ABCD be a quadrilateral figure in the circle ABCD; any two of its opposite angles are together equal to two right angles.
Join AC, BD; and because the three angles of every tri-
angles; therefore also the angles ABC, ADC are equal to Book III, two right angles. In the same manner, the angles DAB, DCB, may be shown to be equal to two right angles. Therefore, " the opposite angles," &c. Q. E. D.
PROP. XXIII. THEOR. Upon the same straight line, and upon the same See N. side 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 same side of the same straight line AB, not coinciding with one another: Then, because the circle ACB cuts the circle ADB in the two points A, B, they cannot cut one another in any other pointa. One of the
a 10. 3. segments must therefore fall within the other: let ACB fall within ADB, draw the straight line BCD, and join CA, DA: And because the segment ACB is similar to the segment ÅDB, A
B and that similar segments of circles contain equal angles; the angle ACB is equal to the angle bll. def. 3. ADB, the exterior to the interior opposite, which is impossible. Therefore, “ there cannot be two similar segments of c 16. 1. circles
upon the same side of the same line, which do not coincide." Q. E. D.
PROP. XXIV. THEOR. .
Similar segments of circles upon equal straight lines, See N. 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 segment AEB be applied to the
F segment CFD so as the point A be on C, and the straight line AB A
D upon CD, the point B will coincide with the point D, because AB is equal