Mathomat V3

# Short Ruler Construction of a Normal/Perpendicular Line

video tutorial part
13
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 geometric constructions using a circle arc template and a length-straight edge. He begins by explaining that most people do not have infinitely long rulers, so he will demonstrate how to perform geometric constructions with practical limitations.

In the previous videos, he showed how to use a circle arc template and a straight edge for basic geometric constructions. However, in this video, he introduces a twist by restricting the length of the straight edge. The restriction is such that it is equal to the radius of the circle arc template.

Chris then presents a classic problem:constructing a line through a given point C that is parallel to a given line segment AB. He demonstrates this construction in two cases: when point C is close to the line AB and when point C is further away.

When C is close to AB, he uses the circle arc template to construct a rhombus, where the sides of the rhombus are parallel to AB. By connecting the diagonals of the rhombus, he constructs aline parallel to AB using the limited-length straight edge.

When C is further away from AB, he starts by drawing a line segment from C to AB. Then, he constructs a series of parallel lines that get closer and closer to point C. This allows him to use the limited-length straight edge to draw a line parallel to AB through C.

Chris emphasises that these constructionsencourage thinking differently and that the key is ensuring that the points tobe joined are not too far apart, given the limitations of the straight edge.

In conclusion, Chris Tisdell demonstrates how to perform geometric constructions with practical limitations using a circle arc template and a limited-length straight edge. He shows two cases of constructing parallel lines through a given point relative to a given line segment, highlighting the importance of working within the constraints of the tools available.

### 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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