# The construction of geometric figures from given data

Thi» chapter is concerned with the construction of plane geometric figures. Plane geometry is the geometry of figures that are two-dimensional, i.e figures that have only length and breadth. Solid geometry is the geometry of three-dimensional figures.

F«g. 2/1 To construct a parallel line

Fig 2/2 To bisect a line

There are an endless number of plane figures but we will concern ourselves only with the more common ones —the triangle, the quadrileteral and the better known

Before we look at any particular figure, there are a few constructions that must be revised.

Fig. 2A To erect a perpendicular from a point to a line

Fig. 2A To erect a perpendicular from a point to a line Fig 2/3 To erect a perpendicular from a point on a line Fig. To bisect the angle formed by two converging li

3SCh   Fig. 2/11 To construct en angle similar to another angla of equal parts (say 6) proportionally (say 1:2:4)

THE TRIANGLE

Definitions

The triangle it a plane figure bounded by three straight sides.

A sceiene triangle is a triangle with three unequal sides and three unequal angles

An isoscefes triangle is a triangle with two sides, and hence two angles, equal.

An equUetere! triangle is a triangle with ell the sides, and hence all the angles, equal.

A right-angled triangle is e triangle containing one right angle. The aide opposite the right-angle is called the hypotenuse.

Constructions

To construct en equileters! triangle, given one of the sides (Fig. 2/14)

1. Draw a line AS. equal to the length of the aide. 3. With compess point on B, and with the same radius.

draw another arc to cut the first arc at C. Triangle ABC is equilateral.

To construct en Isósceles triangle given the perl-meter and the altitud« (F'ig. 2/15)

1. Draw line AB equsl to hatf the perimeter.

2. From Berecte perpendicular and meke BCequalto the etthude.

4. Produce DB so that BE — BD. C D E is the required triangle.

To construct a triangle, given the base angles end the altitude (Fig. 2/16)

2. Construct CD parallel to AB so that the distance between them is equal to the altitude.

3. From any point E. on CD, draw CEF and DEG so that I bey cut AB in F and G respectively.

Since C£F - EFG and DEG - EGF (alternate engles). then EFG is the required triangle. To construct a triangle given the base, the altitude and the vertical angle ( Fig. 2/17)

1. Draw the base AB

2. Construct BÂC equal to the vertical angle

3. Erect AD perpendicular to AC.

5. With centre O and radius OA (- OB), draw a circle.

6. Construct EF parallel to AB so that the distance between them is equal to the altitude.

Let EF intersect the circle in G. ABG is the required triengle.  To construct a trlanola given the perimeter end the ratio of tht si des (Fig 2/18)

1. Draw the line AB equal in length to the penmeter.

2. Divide AB into the required ratio (say 4:3:8).

To construct a trlanola given the perimeter end the ratio of tht si des (Fig 2/18)

1. Draw the line AB equal in length to the penmeter.

2. Divide AB into the required ratio (say 4:3:8). To construct a triangle given the perimeter, th* altitude and the vertical angle (Fig. 2/19) FEA is the required triangle. 2. Produce 8C in both directions.

3. With compass point on B and radius BA. draw an arc to cutC8 produced in P.

4. With compass point on C and radius CA. draw an arc to cut BC produced in E.

5. Draw a line FG equal in length to the required perimeter.

8 Join EG and draw CJ and BH parallel to it

7. With centre H and radius H F draw an arc.

8. With centre J and radius JG draw another arc to intersect the first arc in K.

HKJ is the required triangle

Definition»

The quedrileteral is a plane figure bounded by four straight sides.

A iqutre is a quadrilateral with all four sides of equal length and one of its angles (and hence the other three) a right angle.

A rectangle is a quadrilateral with its opposite sides of equal length and one of its angles (and hence the other three) a right angle.

A parallelogram is a qusdnlateral with opposite sides equal and therefore parallel. A rhombus is a quadrilateral with all four sides equal. A trapezium is a quadrilateral with one pair of opposite sides parallel

A trapezoid is a quadnlateral with all four sides and angles unequal.

Constructions

To construct e square given the length of the aide (Fig. 2/21)

1. Drew the side AB.

2. From B erect a perpendicular.

3. Mark off the length of side BC.

4. With centres A and C draw arcs, radius equal to the length of the side of the square, to intersect at D.

ABCD is the required square. Fig. 2/21

+1 -1 ## How To Become A Professional Pencil Drawing Artist

Realize Your Dream of Becoming a Professional Pencil Drawing Artist. Learn The Art of Pencil Drawing From The Experts. A Complete Guide On The Qualities of A Pencil Drawing Artist.

Get My Free Ebook

### Responses

• nico
How to construct a triangle given vertical angle,altitude and perimeter?
8 years ago
• samwise
How to construct a right angled triangle given one angle and opposite side?
8 years ago
• florian
How to draw a right angled triangle with altitude and vertical angle?
8 years ago
• jan
How to draw a triangle given the perimeter?
8 years ago
• bruto
How to construct space figures?
8 years ago
• dora
How to construct plane shapes geometric?
2 years ago
• ami anderson
How to constract plain figure?
2 years ago
• cosimo sabbatini
How to construct plane shape?
8 months ago
• Amanuel
What is the difference between geometric construction and technical drawing?
5 months ago
• ruby hill
HOW to draw geomectrical triangle construction?
4 months ago