XV. A circle is a plane figure contained by one line, which is called the circumference, and is such that all straight lines drawn from a certain point within the figure to the circumference, are equal to one another. XVI. XVII. A diameter of a circle is a straight line drawn through the center, and terminated both ways by the circumference. a XVIII. A semicircle is the figure contained by a diameter and the part of the circumference cut off by the diameter. XIX. XX. Rectilineal figures are those which are contained by straight lines. XXI. XXII. Quadrilateral, by four straight lines. XXIII. Multilateral figures, or polygons, by more than four straight lines. XXIV. Of three-sided figures, an equilateral triangle is that which has three equal sides. XXV. XXVI. XXVII. XXVIII. XXIX. XXX. Of quadrilateral or four-sided figures, a square has all its sides equal and all its angles right angles. XXXI. An oblong is that which has all its angles right angles, but has not all its sides equal. XXXII. A rhombus has all its sides equal, but its angles are not right angles. XXXIII. A rhomboid has its opposite sides equal to each other, but all its sides are not equal, por its angles right angles. XXXIV. All other four-sided figures besides these, are called Trapeziums. XXXV. Parallel straight lines are such as are in the same plane, and which being produced ever so far both ways, do not meet. A. A parallelogram is a four-sided figure, of which the opposite sider are parallel: and the diameter, or the diagonal is the straight line joining two of its opposite angles. POSTULATES. I. LET it be granted that a straight line may be drawn from any one point to any other point. II. That a terminated straight line may be produced to any length in a straight line. III. And that a circle may be described from any center, at any distanca from that center. a AXIOMS. I. THINGS which are equal to the same thing are equal to one another. II. III. IV. A. If equals be taken from unequals, the remainders are unequal. VI. Things which are double of the same, are equal to one another. VII. Things which are halves of the same, are equal to one another. VIII. Magnitudes which coincide with one another, that is, which exactly fill the same space, are equal to one another. IX. The whole is greater than its part. X. XI. XII. If a straight line meets two straight lines, so as to make the two interior angles on the same side of it taken together less than two right angles; these straight lines being continually produced, shall at length meet upon that side on which are the angles which are less than two right angles. PROPOSITION I. PROBLEM. Let AB be the given straight line. From the center A, at the distance AB, describe the circle BCD); (post. 3.) from the center B, at the distance BA, describe the circle ACE; and from C, one of the points in which the circles cut one another, draw the straight lines CA, CB to the points A, B. (post. 1.) Then ABC shall be an equilateral triangle. therefore AC is equal to AB; (def. 15.). therefore BC is equal to AB; therefore AC, BC are each of them equal to AB; but things which are equal to the same thing are equal to one another; therefore AC is equal to BC; (ax. 1.) wherefore AB, BC, CA are equal to one another: and the triangle ABC is therefore equilateral, and it is described upon the given straight line AB. Which was required to be done. PROPOSITION II. PROBLEM. From a given point, to draw a straight line equal to a given straight line. Let A be the given point, and BC the given straight line. It is required to draw from the point A, a straight line equal to BC. a From the point A to B draw the straight line AB; (post. 1.) upon AB describe the equilateral triangle ABD, (1. 1.) and produce the straight lines DA, DB to E and F; (post. 2.) from the center B, at the distance BC, describe the circle CĠH, (post. 3.) cutting DF in the point G: and from the center D, at the distance DG, describe the circle GKL, cutting A E in the point L. : |