Ruler and Compass

GeoGebra tasks

Allowed tools
Icon New Point
Icon Intersect Two Objects
Icon Line through Two Points
Icon Segment between Two Points
Icon Ray through Two Points
Icon Circle with Centre through Point
Icon Compasses

This file contains the restricted set of tools.

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Construction 1 Bisect angle

Start with: Two rays with a common endpoint.

Construct: A ray dividing the angle between the rays in two equally large angles, such a ray is called an angle bisector; dividing into two equal parts is called bisecting.

 
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Construction 2 Bisect segment

Start with: A segment.

Construct: The midpoint.

 
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Construction 3 Perpendicular line 1

Start with: A line and a point on the line.

Construct: A line through the point perpendicular to the given line, a so called normal line.

 
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Construction 4 Perpendicular line 2

Start with: A line and a point not lying on the line.

Construct: A line through the point perpendicular to the given line.

 
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Construction 5 Reflect point in line

Start with: A line and a point.

Construct: The mirror image of the point when reflected in the line. Show the traces of the original point and the mirror image of the point by right-clicking on each point and choose Trace on. (Use the construction of Perpendicular line 2.)

 
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Construction 6 Parallel line

Start with: A line and a point not on the line.

Construct: A line through the point parallel to the given line. (Use the construction of Perpendicular line 2.)

 
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Construction 7 Multiple of a segment

Start with: A segment.

Construct: A segment who's length is a multiple of the length of the given segment. (For example three times as long.)

 

In addition to the previous tools you can now also use:

More allowed tools
IconMidpoint or Centre
IconPerpendicular Bisector
Icon Perpendicular Line
Icon Angle Bisector
Icon Parallel Line
Icon Reflect Object in Line

This file contains the new set of tools.

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Construction 8 Copy circle

Start with: A circle c and a point P.

Construct: A new circle having the same radius as the circle c and having the centre P.

You can use the construction above to copy a segment of a given length. You can now use these tools as well:

Even more allowed tools
IconCircle with Centre and Radius
IconSegment with Given Length from Point

This file has the new set of tools.

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Construction 9 Copy angle

Start with: Two rays a and b with a common endpoint P, and a ray c having another endpoint Q.

Construct: A ray d with the endpoint Q such that the angle between c and d is equal to the angle between a and b.

 
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Construction 10 Dividing a segment into three equal parts (trisecting)

Start with: A segment.

Construct: Trisect the segment.

Hint: Start the construction as below.

 
Finish the construction to trisect the segment. Explain why the construction works!

Comment: The task of trisecting an angle would have been just a tad more difficult.

Proofs

Use the three congruence theorems, the theorem about isosceles triangles and the theorems about angles to prove that the constructions 1-7 are correct.

Hint: Place triangles in appropriate ways into the constructions.

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Example, Construction 1 Bisect angle

You must show that the angles BAC and CAD are equal.

Mark the triangles ΔABC and ΔACD.

Use one of the congruence theorems to show that the triangles are congruent. Justify that you can use this theorem.

Show that the angles BAC and CAD are equal.

 

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Example, Construction 2 Bisect segment

You must show that the segments AE and EB are equal.

Show this for the angles: DAB=DBA=CAB=CBA.

Then show this for the angles: BDC=ADC=ACD=BCD .

Show that ΔAED≅ΔBED!

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