High school geometry
Geometric constructions: circle-inscribed square
Sal constructs a square that is inscribed inside a given circle using compass and straightedge. Created by Sal Khan.
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- how does this construction prove that this square is actually a square(20 votes)
- It begins with a diameter, then constructs the perpendicular bisector of the diameter (by drawing the line through the lemon formed by the overlapping congruent circles placed at the endpoints). These form the diagonals of your quadrilateral.
(1) They bisect each other, because they cross at the center.
(2) They are congruent, since they are both diameters.
(3) They are perpendicular, per construction.
(1) proves it is a parallelogram, (2) that it is a rectangle, and (3) that it is a rhombus. Thus it is proven to be a square.(36 votes)
- difference between polygon and regular polygon(9 votes)
- A polygon is any type of closed figure in which all sides are straight. A regular polygon is a polygon in which all sides are the same length and all angles have the same measure.(20 votes)
- How did Sal decide how big the blue circles were at1:00to1:10(5 votes)
- The first circle needs to be at least half the diameter of the circle win the problem. Then, with the second circle, Sal simply placed the midpoint of the new compass on the midpoint of the first circle, made the circles the same size by adjusting the new compass, and then placed the new circle's midpoint on the opposite side of the circle in the problem.
Hope this helps :)(2 votes)
- which website did you use?(2 votes)
- Sal completed the exercise on the Khan Academy website.(1 vote)
- What is a four sided figure called in which one side is straight ?(1 vote)
- can you inscribe a rectangle in a circle?(2 votes)
- You can inscribe a rectangle in a circle.
Technically, a square IS a rectangle with all sides equal.
So, yes even this tutorial teaches you how to inscribe a rectangle in a circle ,too!(1 vote)
- Why doesn't the site have construction exercises anymore?(2 votes)
- Why do we need to construck a circle which has a raduis greater than the raduis of the original circle?(1 vote)
- Try it out and you'll notice. Experience is the best teacher!(2 votes)
- What is the difference between a side and a edge on dimensional figures?(1 vote)
- Context and qualifiers. A question might talk about the a base being a "regular polygon with side length x", or a pyramid with a "lateral edge of y". I don't know of any specific definition for the terms in isolation, however.(2 votes)
- is it possible to create another figure using the diagonal thing(1 vote)
Construct a square inscribed inside the circle. And in order to do this, we just have to remember that a square, what we know of a square is all four sides are congruent and they intersect at right angles. And we also have to remember that the two diagonals of the square are going to be perpendicular bisectors of each other. So let's see if we can construct two lines that are perpendicular bisectors of each other. And essentially, where those two lines intersect our bigger circle, those are going to be the vertices of our square. So let's throw a straight edge right over here. And let's make a diameter. So that's a diameter right over here. It just goes through the circle, goes through the center of the circle, to two sides of the circle. And now, let's think about how we can construct a perpendicular bisector of this. And we've done this in other compass construction or construction videos. But what we can do is we can put a circle-- let's throw a circle right over here. We've got to make its radius bigger than the center. And what we're going to do is we're going to reuse this. We're going to make another circle that's the exact same size. Put it there. And where they intersect is going to be exactly along-- those two points of intersection are going to be along a perpendicular bisector. So that's one of them. Let's do another one. I want a circle of the exact same dimensions. So I'll center it at the same place. I'll drag it out there. That looks pretty good. I'll move it on to this side, the other side of my diameter. So that looks pretty good. And notice, if I connect that point to that point, I will have constructed a perpendicular bisector of this original segment. So let's do that. Let's connect those two points. So that point and that point. And then, we could just keep going all the way to the end of the circle. Go all the way over there. That looks pretty good. And now, we just have to connect these four points to have a square. So let's do that. So I'll connect to that and that. And then I will connect, throw another straight edge there. I will connect that with that. And then, two more to go. I'll connect this with that, and then one more. I can connect this with that, and there you go. I have a shape whose vertices intersect the circle. And its diagonals, this diagonal and this diagonal, these are perpendicular bisectors.