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15. Point out clearly the difference in the proofs of the two latter cases
in Euc. VI. 7.

16. From the corollary of Euc. vi. 8, deduce a proof of Euc. i. 47.

17. Shew how the last two properties stated in Euc. vi. 8. Cor. may
be deduced from Euc. i. 47 ; ii. 2 ; vi. 17.

18. Given the nth part of a straight line, find by a Geometrical con-
struction, the (n + l)tli part.

19. Define what is meant by a mean proportional between two given
lines : and find a mean proportional between the lines whose lengths are
4 and 9 units resj)ectively. Is the method you employ suggested by any
Propositions in any of the first four books ?

20. Determine a third proportional to two lines of 5 and 7 units : and
a fourth proportional to three lines of o, 7, 9, units.

21. Find a straight line which shall have to a given straight line, the
ratio of 1 to Vo.

22. Define reciprocal figures. Enunciate the propositions proved re-
specting such figures in the Sixth Book.

23. Give the corollary, Euc. vi. 8, and prove thence that the Arith-
metic mean is greater than the Geometric between the same extremes.

24. If two equal triangles have two angles together equal to two
right angles, the sides about those angles are reciprocally proportional.

25. Give Algebraical proofs of Prop. 16 and 17 of Book vi.

26. Enunciate and prove the converse of Euc. vi. 15.

27. Explain what is meant by saying, that "similar triangles are in the
duplicate ratio of their homologous sides."

28. What are the data which determine triangles both in species and
magnitude ? How are those data expressed in Geometry ?

29. If the ratio of the homologous sides of two triangles be as 1 to
4, what is the ratio of the triangles ? And if the ratio of the triangles be
as 1 to 4, what is the ratio of the homologous sides ?

30. Shew that one of the triangles in the figure, Euc. iv. 10, is a mean
proportional between the other two.

31. What is the algebraical interpretation of Euc. vi. 19 ?

32. From j'-our definition of Proportion, prove that the diagonals of
a square are in the same proportion as their sides.

33. What propositions does Euclid prove respecting similar polygons ?

34. The parallelograms about the diameter of a parallelogram are similar
to the whole and to one another. Shew when they are equal. ■

35. Prove Algebraically, that the areas (1) of similar triangles and (2)
of similar parallelograms are proportional to the squares of their homo-
logous sides.

36. How is it shewn that equiangular parallelograms have to one
another the ratio which is compounded of the ratios of their bases and al-
titudes ?

37. To find two lines which shall have to each other, the ratio com-
pounded of the ratios of the lines A to B, and C to D.

38. State the force of the condition ** similarly described ;" and shew
that, on a given straight line, there may be described as many polygons
of different magnitudes, similar to a given polygon, as there are sides of
Afferent lengths in the polygon.


39. Describe a triangle similar to a given triangle, and having its
area double that of the given triangle.

40. The three sides of a triangle are 7, 8, 9 units respectively; deter-
mine the length of the lines which meeting the base, and the base produced,
bisect the interior angle opposite to the greatest side of the triangle,
and the adjacent exterior angle.

41. The three sides of a triangle are 3, 4, 5 inches respectively ; find
the lengths of the external segments of the sides determined by the lines
which bisect the exterior angles of the triangle.

42. What are the segments into which the hypotenuse of a right-
angled triangle is divided by a perpendicular drawn from the right angle,
if the sides containing it are a and 3a units respectively ?

43. If the three sides of a triangle be 3, 4, 5 units respectively : what
are the parts into which they are divided by the lines which bisect the
angles opposite to them ?

44. If the homologous sides of two triangles be as 3 to 4, and the area
of one triangle be known to contain 100 square units ; how many square
units are contained in the area of the other triangle ?

45. Prove that if BD be taken in AB produced (fig. Euc. vi. 30)
equal to the greater segment AC^ then AD is divided in extreme and
mean ratio in the point B.

Shew also, that in the series 1, 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, &c. in which each term is
the sum of the two preceding terms, the last two terms perpetually ap-
proach to the proportion of the segments of a line divided in extreme and
mean ratio. Find a general expression (free from surds) for the Mth term
of this series.

46. The parts of a line divided in extreme and mean ratio are incom-
mensurable with each other.

47. Shew that in Euclid's figure (Euc. ii. 11.) four other lines, besides
the given line, are divided in the required manner.

48. Enunciate Euc. vi. 31. What theorem of a previous book is in-
cluded in this proposition ?

49. What is the superior limit, as to magnitude, of the angle at the
circumference in Euc. vi. 33 ? Shew that the proof may be extended by
withdrawing the usually supposed restriction as to angular magnitude ;
and then deduce, as a corollary, the proposition respecting the magnitudes
of angles in segments greater than, equal to, or less than a semicircle.

50. The sides of a triangle inscribed in a circle are a, 6, c, units respec-
tively : find by Euc. vi. c, the radius of the circumscribing circle.

51. Enunciate the converse of Euc. vi. d.

52. Shew independently that Euc. vi. d, is true when the quadri-
lateral figure is rectangular.

53. Shew that the rectangles contained by the opposite sides of a
quadrilateral figure which does not admit of having a circle described
about it, are together greater than the rectangle contained by the diagonals.

54. What diff'erent conditions may be stated as essential to the possi-
bility of the inscription and circumscription of a circle in and about a
quadrilateral figure ?

55. Point out those propositions in the Sixth Book in which Euclid's
definition of proportion is directly applied.

56. Explain briefly the advantages gained by the application of
analysis to the solution of Geometrical Problems.

57. In what cases are triangles proved to be equal in Euclid, and in
what cases are they proved to be similar ?



To inscribe a square in a given triangle.

Analysis. Let ABC he the given triangle, of which the base BC^
and the perpendicular AD are given.


Let FGIIK be the required inscribed square.
Then BHG, BDA are similar triangles,
and G^^is to GB, as AD is to ABy
but G^i^is equal to GH\
therefore GFh to GB, as AD is to AB.
Let BF hQ joined and produced to meet a line drawn from A pa-
rallel to the base ^Cin the point E.

Then the triangles BGF, BAE are similar,
and ^^ is to AB, as GFis to GB,
but GFi& to GB, as AD is to AB ;
wherefore AE is to AB, as AD is to AB;
hence AE is equal to AD.
Synthesis. Through the vertex A, draw AE parallel to ^Cthe
base of the triangle,

make AE equal to AD,
join EB cutting AC in F,
through F, draw FG parallel to BC, and i^JT parallel to AD-,
also through G draw GH parallel to AD.
Then GHKF is the square required.
The different cases may be considered when the triangle is equi-
lateral, scalene, or isosceles, and when each side is taken as the base.


If from the extremities of any diameter of a given circle, perpendiculars
he drawn to any chord of the circle, they shall meet the chord, or the chord
produced in two points which are equidistant from the cetiter.

First, let the chord CD intersect the diameter AB in Z, but not
at right angles ; and from A, B, let AE, BFhe drawn perpendicular
to CD. Then the points F, E are equidistant from the center of the
chord CZ>.

Join EB, and from J the center of the circle, draw IG perpendi-
cular to CD, and produce it to meet EB in J£,



Then IG bisects CD in G -, (ill. 2.)
and IG, AE being both perpendicular to CD, are parallel. (l. 29.)
Therefore BI\% to BH, as lA is to HE-, (VI. 2.)
and ^^is to FG, as HE is to GE-,
therefore J5Jis to FG, as I A is to GE-,
but BI is equal to I A :
therefore i^G' is equal to GE.
It is also manifest that DE is equal to CF.
When the chord does not intersect the diameter, the perpendicu-
lars intersect the chord produced.


If two diagonals of a regular pentagon he drawn to cut one another, the
greater segments will he equal to the side of the pentagon, and the diagonals
will cut one another in extreme and mean ratio. ■

Let the diagonals AC, BE be drawn from the extremities of the
side AB of the regular pentagon ABCDE, and intersect each other
in the point H.

Then BE and ^ C are cut in extreme and mean ratio in H, and
the greater segment of each is equal to the side of the pentagon.
Let the circle ABCDE be described about the pentagon, (iv. 14.)
Because EA, AB are equal to AB, BC, and they contain equal
angles ;

therefore the base EB is equal to the base A C, (l. 4.)

and the triangle EAB is equal to the triangle CBA,

and the remaining angles will be equal to the remaining angles,

each to each, to which the equal sides are opposite.


Therefore the angle BACh equal to the angle ABE-,

and the angle AHE is double of the angle BAH, (l. 32.)

but the angle EA C is also double of the angle BA C, (vi. 33.)

I therefore the angle HAE is equal to AHE,

and consequently HE is equal to EA, (i. 6.) or to AB.
And because BA is equal to AE,
the angle ABE is equal to the angle AEB j


but the angle ABE has been proved equal to BAH:
therefore the angle BEA is equal to the angle BAH:
and ABE is common to the two triangles ABE, ABH;
therefore the remaining angle BAE is equal to the remaining

angle AHB ;
and consequently the triangles ABE, ABH are equiangular ;
therefore EB is to BA, as AB to BH: but BA is equal to EH^

therefore EB is to EH, as EH is to BH,
but BE is greater than EH; therefore EH is greater than HB;

therefore BE has been cut in extreme and mean ratio in H.
Similarly, it may be shewn, that A C has also been cut in extreme
and mean ratio in H, and that the greater segment of it CH is equal
to the side of the pentagon.


Divide a given arc of a circle into two parts which shall have their chords
in a given ratio.

Analysis. Let A, Bhe the two given points in the circumference
of the circle, and Cthe point required to be found, such that when the
chords A C and BC are joined, tne lines A C and J5C shall have to one
another the ratio of E to F.

Draw CD touching the circle in C;
join AB and produce it to meet CD in D.
Since the angle BACis equal to the angle BCD, (ill. 32.)
and the angle CEB is common to the two triangles BBC, DAC;
therefore the third angle CBD in one, is equal to the third angle
DCA in the other, and the triangles are similar,

therefore AD is to DC, as i>C is to DB -, (vi. 4.)
hence also the square on AD is to the square on DC a,s AD is to
BD. (VI. 20. Cor.)

But AD is to AC, as DC is to CB, (vi. 4.)
and AD is to DC, as AC to CB, (v. 16.)
also the square on AD is to the square on DC, as the square on ^ C

is to the square on CB ;

but the square on AD is to the square on DC, as AD is to DB :

wherefore the square on ^ C is to the square on CB, as AD is to BD ;

but ^ C is to CB, as E is to F, (constr.)

therefore AD is to DB as the square on E is to the square on F.

Hence the ratio of AD to DB is given,
and AB is given in magnitude, because the points-^, B in the cir-
cumference of the circle are given.



Wherefore also the ratio of AD to AB is given, and also the mag-
nitude of AD.
Synthesis. Join AB and produce it to D, so that AD shall be to
BD, as the square on JE to the square on F.

From D draw DC to touch the circle in C, and join CB, CA.
Since AD is to DB, as the square on JEJ is to the square on F, (constr.)
and ^D is to DB, as the square on ^ C is to the square on J5C;
therefore the square on ^ C is to the square on BC, as the square on
F! is to the square on F,

and ACis to BC, as F is to F,


A, B, C are given points. It is required to draio through any other point
in the same plane with A, B, and C, a straight line, such that the sum of its
distances from two of the given points, may be equal to its distance from the

Analysis. Suppose F the point required, such that the line XFH
being drawn through any other point X, and AD, BE, CH perpen-
diculars on XFH, the sum of BE and CH is equal to AD.


^B Join AB, BC, CA, then ABCh a triangle.

^jDraw ^G^ to bisect the base J?Cin G, and draw GX perpendicular
to EF.

Then since BC is bisected in G,

the sum of the perpendiculars CH, BE is double of GK;

but CH and BE are equal to AD, (hyp.)

therefore AD must be double of GK;

but since AD is parallel to GK,
the triangles ADF, GKF are similar,
therefore AD h to AF, as GK is to GF;
but AD is double of GK, therefore ^i^is double of GF-,
and consequently, GFh one-third of ^G^ the line drawn from the
vertex of the triangle to the bisection of the base.
But ^ 6^ is a line given in magnitude and position,
therefore the point F is determined.
Synthesis. Join AB, A C, BC, and bisect the base BC o? the tri-
angle ABC in G; join AG and take G^i^ equal to one-third of GA ;
the line drawn through X and F will be the line required.
It is also obvious, that while the relative position of the points A,
C, remains the same, the point -F remains the same, wherever the



point X may be. The point X may therefore coincide with the point
jP, and when this is the case, the position of the line FX is left un-
determined. Hence the following porism.

A triangle being given in position, a point in it may be found,
such, that any straight line whatever being drawn through that point,
the perpendiculars drawn to this straight line from the two angles of
the triangle, which are on one side of it, will be together equal to the
perpendicular that is drawn to the same line from the angle on the
other side of it.


6. Triangles and parallelograms of unequal altitudes are to each
other in the ratio compounded of the ratios of their bases and altitudes.

7. If ACB, ADB be two triangles upon the same base AB, and
between the same parallels, and if through the point in which two of
the sides (or two of the sides produced) intersect two straight lines be
drawn parallel to the other two sides so as to meet the base AB (or
AB produced) in points E and F. Prove that AE= BF.

8. In the base -4C of a triangle ^J?Ctake any point D; bisect
AD, DC,AB,BC, in F, F, G, R respectively : shew that EG is
equal to KF.

9. Construct an isosceles triangle equal to a given scalene triangle
and having an equal vertical angle with it.

10. If, in similar triangles, from any two equal angles to the
opposite sides, two straight lines be drawn making equal angles with
the homologous sides, these straight lines will have the same ratio as
the sides on which they fall, and will also divide those sides propor-

11. Any three lines being drawn making equal angles with the
three sides of any triangle towards the same parts, and meeting one
another, will form a triangle similar to the original triangle.

12. BB, CD are perpendicular to the sides AB, AC of a triangle
ABC, and CE is drawn perpendicular to AD, meeting A B in E:
shew that the triangles ABC, ACE are similar.

13. In any triangle, if a perpendicular be let fall upon the base
from the vertical angle, the base will be to the sum of the sides, as the
difference of the sides to the difference or sum of the segments of the
base made by the perpendicular, according as it falls within or with-
out the triangle.

14. If triangles AEF, ABC have a common angle A, triangle
ABC: triangle AEFii AB.AC: AE.AF.

15. If one side of a triangle be produced, and the other shortened
by equal quantities, the line joining the points of section will be di-
vided by the base in the inverse ratio of the sides.


16. Find two arithmetic means between two given straight lines.

17. To divide a given line in harmonical proportion.


18. To find, by a geometrical construction, an arithmetic,
geometric, and harmonic mean between two given lines.

19. Prove geometrically, that an arithmetic mean between two
quantities, is greater than a geometric mean. Also having given the
sum of two lines, and the excess of their arithmetic above their
geometric mean, find by a construction the lines themselves.

20. If through the point of bisection of the base of a triangle any
line be drawn, intersecting one side of the triangle, the other produced,
and a line drawn parallel to the base from the vertex, this line shall
be cut harmonically.

21. If a given straight line AJB be divided into any two parts in
the point C, it is required to produce it, so that the whole line
produced may be harmonically divided in C and JB.

22. If from a point without a circle there be drawn three straight
lines, two of which touch the circle, and the other cuts it, the line
which cuts the circle will be divided harmonically by the convex
circumference, and the chord which joins the points of contact.


23. Shew geometrically that the diagonal and side of a square are

24. If a straight line be divided in two given points, determine a
third point, such that its distances from the extremities, may be
proportional to its distances from the given points.

25. Determine two straight lines, such that the sum of their
squares may equal a given square, and their rectangle equal k given

26. Draw a straight line such that the perpendiculars let fall
from any point in it on two given lines may be in a given ratio.

27. If diverging lines cut a straight line, so that the whole is to
one extreme, as the other extreme is to the middle part, they will
intersect every other intercepted line in the same ratio.

28. It is required to cut ofi" a part of a given line so that the part
cut off may be a mean proportional between the remainder and
another given line.

29. It is required to divide a given finite straight line into two
parts, the squares of which shall have a given ratio to each other.


30. From the vertex of a triangle to the base, to draw a straight
line which shall be an arithmetic mean between the sides containing
the vertical angle.

31. From the obtuse angle of a triangle, it is required to draw a
line to the base, which shall be a mean proportional between the
segments of the base. How many answers does this question admit

32. To draw a line from the vertex of a triangle to the base, which
shall be a mean proportional between the whole base and one segment,

33. If the perpendicular in a right-angled triangle divide the
hypotenuse in extreme and mean ratio, the less side is equal to the
alternate segment.


34. From the vertex of any triangle ABC, draw a straight line
meeting the base produced in D, so that the rectangle DB. DC- AIT.

35. To find a point P in the base J?C of a triangle produced, so
that BD being drawn parallel to A C, and meeting -4 jB produced to D,
AC: CB:: CB : BD.

36. If the triangle ^^C has the angle at C aright angle, and
from C a perpendicular be dropped on the opposite side intersecting
it in D, then AI> : DBiiAC: CB\

37. In any right-angled triangle, one side is to the other, as the
excess of the hypotenuse above the second, to the line cut off from the
first between the right angle and the line bisecting the opposite angle.

38. If on the two sides of a right-angled triangle squares be
described, the lines joining the acute angles of the triangle and the
opposite angles of the squares, will cut off equal segments from the
sides ; and each of these equal segments will be a mean proportional
between the remaining segments.

39. In any right-angled triangle ABC, (whose hj^otenuse is^^)
bisect the angle A by AD meeting CB in D, and prove that


40. On two given straight lines similar triangles are described.
Required to find a third, on which, if a triangle similar to them be
described, its area shall equal the difference of their areas.

41. In the triangle ABC, AC= 2.BC If CD, CE respectively
bisect the angle C, and the exterior angle formed by producing AC;
prove that the triangles CBD,ACD, ABC, CDE, have their areas as


42. It is required to bisect any triangle (1) by a line drawn parallel,
(2) by a line drawn perpendicular, to the base.

43. To divide a given triangle into two parts, having a given ratio
to one another, by a straight line di awn parallel to one of its sides.

44. Find three points in the sides of a triangle, such that, they
being joined, the triangle shall be divided into four equal triangles.

45. From a given point in the side of a triangle, to draw lines to
the sides which shall divide the triangle into any number of equal parts,

46. Any two triangles being given, to draw a straight line parallel
to a side of the greater, which shall cut off a triangle equal to the less.


47. The rectangle contained by two lines is a mean proportional
between their squares.

48. Describe a rectangular parallelogram which shall be equal to
a given square, and have its sides in a given ratio.

49. If from any two points within or without a parallelogram,
straight lines be drawn perpendicular to each of two adjacent sides
and intersecting each other, they form a parallelogram similar to the

50. It is requii'ed to cut off from a rectangle a similar rectangle
which shall be any required part of it.



51. If from one angle ^ of a parallelogram a straight line be drawn
cutting the diagonal in E and the sides in P, Q, shew that

AE' = PE.EQ.

52. The diagonals of a trapezium, two of whose sides are parallel,
cut one another in the same ratio.


53. In a given circle place a straight line parallel to a given
straight line, and having a given ratio to it; the ratio not being
greater than that of the diameter to the given line in the circle.

54. In a given circle place a straight line, cutting two radii which
are jDerpendicular to each other, in such a manner, that the line itself
may be trisected.

55. AB is a diameter, and P any point in the circumference of a
circle ; AP and BP are joined and produced if necessary ; if from any
point C of AB, a perpendicular be drawn to AB meeting AP and BP
in points D and E respectively, and the circumference of the circle
in a point F, shew that CD is a third proportional of CE and CF.

56. If from the extremity of a diameter of a circle tangents be
drawn, any other tangent to the circle terminated by them is so
divided at its point of contact, that the radius of the circle is a mean
proportional between its segments.

57. From a given point without a circle, it is required to draw a
straight line to the concave circumference, which shall be divided in a
given ratio at the point where it intersects the convex circumference.

58. From what point in a circle must a tangent be drawn, so that
a perpendicular on it from a given point in the circumference may be
cut by the circle in a given ratio ?

59. Through a given point within a given circle, to draw a
straight line such that the parts of it intercepted between that point
and the circumference, may have a given ratio.

60. Let the two diameters AB, CD, of the circle AD B Che at
right angles to each other, draw any chord EF, join CE, CF, meeting
AB in (rand^; prove that the triangles CG^7/and C-2J-F are similar.

61. A circle, a straight line, and a point being given in position,
required a point in the line, such that a line drawn from it to the
given point may be equal to a line drawn from it touching the circle.
^Yhat must be the relation among the data, that the problem may
become porismatic, i.e. admit of innumerable solutions ?


62. Prove that there may be two, but not more than two, similar
triangles in the same segment of a circle.

63. If as in Euclid vi. 3, the vertical angle BA C of the triangle
BAC be bisected by AD, and BA be produced to meet CE drawn
parallel to AD in E; shew that AD will be a tangent to the circle
described about the triangle EAC.

64. If a triangle be inscribed in a circle, and from its vertex, lines
be drawn ])arallel to the tangents at the extremities of its base, they

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