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but it has been demonstrated to be greater than it; which is imposst ble.

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But if one of the vertices, as D, be within the other triangle ACB; produce AC, AD to E, F; therefore, because AC is equal to AD in the triangle ACD, the angles ECD, FDC upon the other side of the base CD are equal (5. 1.) to one another, but the angle ECD 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. Again, because CB is equal to DB, the angle BDC is equal (5. 1.) to the angle BCD; but BDC has been proved to be greater than the same BCD; which is impossible. The case in which the vertex of one triangle is upon a side of the other, needs no demonstration.

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Therefore, upon the same base, and on the same side of it, there cannot be two triangles that have their sides which are terminated in one extrem ity of the base equal to one another, and likewise those which are termina ted in the other extremity equal to one another.

PROP. VIII. THEOR.

If two triangles have two sides of the one equal to two sides of the other each to each, and have likewise their bases equal; the angle which is contain ed by the two sides of the one shall be equal to the angle contained by the two sides of the other.

Let ABC, DEF be two triangles having the two sides AB, AC, equal to the two sides DE, DF, each to each, viz. AB to DE, and AC to DF;

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and also the base BC equal to the base EF. The angle BAC is equal to 'he angle EDF.

For, if the triangle ABC be applied to the triangle DEF, so that the point B be on E, and the straight line BC upon EF; the point C shall also coincide with the point F, because BC is equal to EF: therefore BC coinciding with EF, BA and AC shall coincide with ED and DF; for, if BA and CA do not coincide with ED and FD, but have a different situa

don, as EG and FG; then, upon the same base EF, and upon the same side of it, there can be two triangles EDF, EGF, that have their sides which are terminated in one extremity of the base equal to one another, and likewise their sides terminated in the other extremity; but this is impossible (7. 1.); therefore, if the base BC coincides with the base EF, the sides BA, AC cannot but coincide with the sides ED, DF; wherefore likewise the angle BAC coincides with the angle EDF, and is equal (8. Ax.) to it.

PROP. IX. PROB.

To bisect a given rectilineal angle, that is, to divide it into two equal angles

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Let BAC be the given rectilineal angle, it is required to bisect it. Take any point D in AB, and from AC cut (3. 1.) off AE equal to AD; join DE, and upon it describe (1. 1.) an equilateral triangle DEF; then join AF; the straight line AF bisects the angle BAC.

Because AD is equal to AE, and AF is common to the two triangles DAF, EAF; the two sides DA, AF, are equal to the two sides EA, AF, each to each; but the base DF is also equal to the base EF; therefore the angle DAF is equal (81.) to the angle EAF: wherefore the given rectilineal angle BAC is bisectad by the straight line AF.

SCHOLIUM.

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By the same construction, each of the halves BAF, CAF, may be divi ded into two equal parts; and thus, by successive subdivisions, a given angle may be divided into four equal parts, into eight, into sixteen, and so on.

PROP. X. PROB.

To bisect a given finite straight line, that is, tó divide it into two equal parts.

Let AB be the given straight line; it is required to divide it into two equal parts.

Describe (1. 1.) upon it an equilateral triangle ABC, and bisect (9. 1.) the angle ACB by the straight line CD. AB is

cut into two equal parts in the point D.

Because AC is equal to CB, and CD common to the two triangles ACD, BCD: the two sides AC, CD, are equal to the two BC, CD, each to each; but the angle ACD is also equal to the angle BCD; therefore the base AD is equal to the base (4. 1.) DB, and the straight line AB is divided into two equal parts in the point D.

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PROP. XI. PROB.

To draw a straight line at right angles to a given straight line, from a given point in that line.

Let AB be a given straight line, and C a point given in it; it is requi red to draw a straight line from the point C at right angles to AB

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Take any point D in AC, and (3. 1.) make CE equal to CD, and upon DE describe (1. 1.) the equilateral triangle DFE, and join FC; the straight line FC, drawn from the given point C, is at right angles to the given straight line AB.

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Because DC is equal to CE, and FC common to the two triangles DCF, ECF, the two sides DC, CF are equal to the two EC, CF, each to each; but the base DF is also equal to the base EF; therefore the angle DCF is equal (8. 1.) to the angle ECF; and they are adjacent angles. But, when the adjacent angles which one straight line makes with another straight line are equal to one another, each of them is called a right (7. def.) angle; therefore each of the angles DCF, ECF, is a right angle. Wherefore, from the given point C, in the given straight line AB, FC has been drawn at right angles to AB.

PROP. XII. PROB.

To draw a straight line perpendicular to a given straight line, of an unlimited length, from a given point without it.

Let AB be a given straight line, which

may be produced to any length

both ways, and let C be a point without it. It is required to draw a straight line perpendicular to AB from the point C.

Take any point D upon the other side of AB, and from the centre C, at the distance CD, describe (3. Post,) the circle EGF meeting AB in F, G: and bisect (10. 1.) FG in H, and join CF, CH, CG; the straight line CH, drawn from the given point C, is perpendicular to the given straight line AB.

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Because FH is equal to HG, and HC common to the two triangles FHC, GHC, the two sides FH, HC are equal to the two GH, HC, each to each, but the base CF is also equal (11. Def. 1.) to the base CG; therefore the angle CHF is equal (8. 1.) to the angle CHG; and they are adjacent an gles; now when a straight line standing on a straight line makes the adjacent angles equal to one another, each of them is a right angle, and the straight line which stands upon the other is called a perpendicular to it; therefore from the given point C a perpendicular CH has been drawn to the given straight line AB.

PROP. XIII. THEOR.

The angles which one straight line makes with another upon one side of it, aro either two right angles, or are together equal to two right angles.

Let the straight line AB make with CD, upon one side of it the angles CBA, ABD; these are either two right angles, or are together equal to two right angles.

For, if the angle CBA be equal to ABD, each of them is a right angle (Def. 7.); but, if not, from the point B draw BE at right angles (11. 1.)

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to CD; therefore the angles CBE, EBD are two right angles. Now, the angle CBE is equal to the two angles CBA, ABE together; add the an gle EBD to each of these equals, and the two angles CBE, EBD will be equal (2. Ax.) to the three CBA, ABE, EBD. Again, the angle DBA is equal to the two angles DBE, EBA; add to each of these equals the angle ABC; then will the two angles DBA, ABC be equal to the three angles DBE, EBA, ABC; but the angles CBE, EBD have been demonstrated to be equal to the same three angles; and things that are equal to the same are equal (1. Ax.) to one another; therefore the angles CBE, EBD are equal to the angles DBA, ABC; but CBE, EBD, are two right angles; therefore DBA, ABC; are together equal to two right angles.

COR. The sum of all the angles, formed on the same side of a straight line DC, is equal to two right angles; because their sum is equal to that of the two adjacent angles DBA, ABC.

PROP. XIV. THEOR.

If, at a point in a straight line, two other straight lines, upon the opposi sides of it, make the adjacent angles together equal to two right angles, these two straight lines are in one and the same straight line.

At the point B in the straight line AB, let the two straight lines BC, BD upon the opposite sides of A B. make the adjacent angles ABC, ABD equal togethe to two right angles. BD is in the same straight line with CB.

For if BD be not in the same straight line with CB, let BE be in the same straight line with it; therefore, because he straight line AB makes angles with ne straight line CBE, upon one side of

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it, the angles ABC, ABE are together equal (13. 1.) to two right angles; but the angles ABC, ABD are likewise together equal to two right angles therefore the angles CBA, ABE are equal to the angles CBA, ABD. Take away the common angle ABC, and the remaining angle ABE is equal (3. Ax.) to the remaining angle ABD, the less to the greater, which is impossible; therefore BE is not in the same straight line with BC. And in like manner, it may be demonstrated, that no other can be in the same straight line with it but BD, which therefore is in the same straight line with CB.

PROP. XV. THEOR.

If two straight lines cut one another, the vertical, or opposite angles are equal

Let the two straight lines AB, CD, cut one another in the point E: the angle AEC shall be equal to the angle DEB, and CEB to AED.

For the angles CEA, AED, which the straight line AE makes with the straight line CD, are together equal (13. 1.) to two right angles: and the angles AED, DEB, which the

straight line DE makes with the straight line AB, are also together equal (13. 1.) to two right angles ; therefore the two angles CEA, AED are equal to the two AED, DEB. Take away the common angle AED, and the remaining angle CEA is equal (3. Ax.) to the remaining angle DEB. In the

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same manner it may be demonstrated that the angles CEB, AED are equal.

COR. 1. From this it is manifest, that if two straight lines cut one another, the angles which they make at the point of their intersection, are together equal to four right angles.

CoR. 2. And hence, all the angles made by any number of straight lines meeting in one point, are together equal to four right angles.

PROP. XVI. THEOR.

If one side of a triangle be produced, the exterior angle is greater than either of the interior, and opposite angles.

Let ABC be a triangle, and let its side BC be produced to D, the exterior angle ACD is greater than either of the interior opposite angles CBA, BAC.

Bisect (10. 1.) AC in E, join BE and produce it to F, and make Er equal to BE; join also FC, and produce AC to G.

Because AE is equal to EC, and BE to EF; AE, EB are equal to . CE, EF, each to each; and the angle AEB is equal (15. 1.) to the angle CEF, because they are vertical angles; therefore the base AB

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