Mathomat V3

# Cut Off the Shorter of Two Line Segments

video tutorial part
7
of

## Learning Geometry with a Circle Arc Template

with

### Chris Tisdell

Mathematician & Educator

### Materials you will need:

Mathomat V3 Template
Unlined Paper / Scrap Paper
Sharp Pencil/s
Fine-point Pen/s
Eraser

### What you will learn in this tutorial:

In this video, Chris Tisdell discusses the use of a circle arc template as a replacement for a compass in geometric constructions. He emphasises the issues with compasses, such as producinginaccurate drawings and potential dangers, and introduces the circle arc template as a better alternative. The primary construction demonstrated in the video involves copying the length of one line segment (AB) to another (BC).

To perform this construction using the circle arc template, Chris follows these steps:

1. He centres the circle arc template at point B, ensuring that the extended arc aligns with the two line segments, AB and BC.
2. Using the template, he marks two new points on the arcs, creating points D and E.
3. Chris repeats this process, marking additional points F and G along the arcs.
4. The next step involves constructing aline segment through points F and G. This line forms an isosceles triangle with AB and BC.
5. He marks a new point H at the intersection of the line and the arc template's extended arc.
6. Using the circle arc template centred at H, Chris marks a point I along the arc.
7. He extends a line segment from point I, which intersects the line formed by points A and H.
8. This intersection point is marked as K.
9. Lastly, Chris extends the line formed by points A and K, which intersects the line segment BC at point L.

The final result is that the length of segment BL is equal to the length of segment AB, effectively copying the length from one segment to another. This construction is a fundamental geometric operation used in various mathematical contexts.

The video also includes explanations of the reasoning behind the construction, such as the use of similar triangles and corresponding angles to demonstrate the equality of the two line segments.

In summary, Chris Tisdell introduces the circle arc template as a replacement for a compass in geometric constructions, demonstrating a construction technique for copying a line segment's length to another segment using this template. This construction is essential for various geometric problems and serves as an example of the utility of the circle arc template.

### Chris Tisdell

Mathematician & Educator
Chris, a mathematician and educator, is an academic advisor to Mathomat. Chris approached us in 2021 with an interest in the circle templates in Mathomat...
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