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# ES 1: ENGINEERING DRAWING

Geometric Construction 2

I. Circles/Arcs Construction
II. Triangle Construction
ES 1: ENGINEERING DRAWING
Circles/Arcs Problems
A) Determining/locating center of a
circle/arc.
B) Drawing a circle/arc thru three given
points
C) Rectifying an arc.
D) Laying out a given length on an arc.

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DETERMINING THE CENTER OF AN ARC/
CIRCLE

Given: an arc

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DETERMINING THE CENTER OF AN ARC

## 1. Draw a chord, and label its endpoints as A

and B.

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DETERMINING THE CENTER OF AN ARC

## 2. Draw another chord, connected to point B

with the other endpoint labeled as C.

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DETERMINING THE CENTER OF AN ARC

## 3. Using the method outlined for bisecting a

line, bisect chords AB and BC.
Center at B
Center at B
than one-half AB.
than one-half B
AB

Center at C
than one-half
C
BC.

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DETERMINING THE CENTER OF AN ARC

## 4. Locate point X where the two extended

bisectors meet. Point X is the exact center of
the circle.
A

C
X

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DRAWING A CIRCLE/ARC THROUGH
THREE POINTS

## Given: Three points in space at random: A, B,

and C.

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DRAWING A CIRCLE/ARC THROUGH
THREE POINTS
1. With straight lines, lightly connect points A
to B, and B to C.

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DRAWING A CIRCLE/ARC THROUGH
THREE POINTS
2. Using the method outlined for bisecting a
line, bisect lines AB and BC.

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DRAWING A CIRCLE/ARC THROUGH
THREE POINTS
3. Locate point X where the two extended
bisectors meet. Point X is the exact center of
the arc or circle.

C
X

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DRAWING A CIRCLE/ARC THROUGH
THREE POINTS
4. Using X as center and radius equal to XA (or XB
or XC), draw a/an circle/arc. The circle/arc
drawn passed through the three given points.

C
X

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Problem
Circumscribe a circle about the given triangle
below, i.e, draw a circle such that it will contain
the vertices of the triangle.

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RECTIFYING AN ARC

Given: an arc

## Rectify – to determine (the length of a curve)

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RECTIFYING AN ARC
1. Find the center of the arc using (arbitrarily
chosen) chords AB and BC (refer to procedure for
finding the center of a circle).

A
B

X
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RECTIFYING AN ARC
2. Form the longest chord (12), bisect it and locate
its midpoint O.
3. Connect the center to either of the arc’s
endpoints, say point 2.
A
1
B

O
C
2

X
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RECTIFYING AN ARC
4. Extend the chord 12 past the drawn radius X2.
The length of the extension must be equal to O2
or one-half of the chord 12.

A
1
B

O
C
2
Line O2 = Line 23
X
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RECTIFYING AN ARC
5. Draw tangent line at point 2 (Draw a line
perpendicular to line segment X2 at point 2).

A
1
B

O
C
2

X
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RECTIFYING AN ARC
6. Using point 3 as center and radius equal to line 13, strike
an arc intersecting the tangent line at point 4.
4

A
1
B

O
Line 24 is the rectified
C length of arc 12.
2

X
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## Laying out a Given Length

Along an Arc,
or,
Constructing an arc of specified length
given a portion of the arc.

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SETTING OFF A GIVEN LENGTH ALONG
AN ARC
Given: Line AB and an arc JF

A B

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SETTING OFF A GIVEN LENGTH ALONG
AN ARC
1. Find the center of the given arc (see steps in
finding the center of an arc).

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SETTING OFF A GIVEN LENGTH ALONG
AN ARC
2. Connect the center to either of the arc’s
endpoints, say F.
3. Draw tangent at F.

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SETTING OFF A GIVEN LENGTH ALONG
AN ARC
3. Lay out the length of line AB in the tangent line (recall
steps in transferring a line). Label the length as A’F, i.e.
A’F =AB.

A’
Length of line AB

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SETTING OFF A GIVEN LENGTH ALONG
AN ARC
4. Divide line A’F into four equal segments. Label the
points at equal intervals as 1, 2, and 3. [Actually,
bisect A’F with its midpoint labeled 2, then bisect 2F
with its own midpoint labeled 1.]
A’

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J
2

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SETTING OFF A GIVEN LENGTH ALONG
AN ARC
4. Using point 1 as center and radius equal to line
1A’, strike an arc intersecting the given arc. Label
the intersection as C.
A’

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C
J
2

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SETTING OFF A GIVEN LENGTH ALONG
AN ARC
Arc FC is approximately equal to line AB.

A’

3
C
J
2

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TRIANGLE PROBLEMS

## 1. Draw a triangle given its 3 sides.

2. Draw a right triangle given its
hypotenuse and a leg.
3. Inscribe a circle in a given triangle.

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DRAWING A TRIANGLE GIVEN THE
LENGTH OF THE THREE SIDES
• Given: length of three sides
Side A

1 2
Side B
1 3
Side C
2 3

Location of a triangle’s
side

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DRAWING A TRIANGLE GIVEN THE
LENGTH OF THE THREE SIDES
1. Layout Side A in the desired position.

1 2

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DRAWING A TRIANGLE GIVEN THE
LENGTH OF THE THREE SIDES
2. Using endpoint 1 of side A as center and the
length of side B as radius, draw an arc above
side A.

Center at 1

1 2

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DRAWING A TRIANGLE GIVEN THE
LENGTH OF THE THREE SIDES
3. Using endpoint 2 of side A and the length of
side C as radius, draw a second arc
intersecting the first arc at point 3.
3

Center at 2

1 2

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DRAWING A TRIANGLE GIVEN THE
LENGTH OF THE THREE SIDES
4. Connecting point 3 with points 1 and 2
establishes triangle 123.

1 2

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DRAWING A RIGHT TRIANGLE GIVEN ITS
HYPOTENUSE AND A LEG
• Given: - length of one side
- length of hypothenuse
C B

A Hypotenuse B
The key idea
here is the
application of
the inscribed
angle
Location of the triangle
theorem.

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DRAWING A TRIANGLE GIVEN THE
HYPOTENUSE AND A GIVEN LEG
1. Using the length of the given hypotenuse as
diameter, draw a semi-circle.

A B

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DRAWING A TRIANGLE GIVEN THE
HYPOTENUSE AND A GIVEN LEG
2. Using one endpoint of the hypotenuse as
center and the length of the side BC as
radius, draw an arc intersecting the semi-
circle at point C.

A B

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DRAWING A TRIANGLE GIVEN THE
HYPOTENUSE AND A GIVEN LEG
3. Connecting point C with endpoints A and B
establishes the desired Right Triangle ABC

A B

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INSCRIBING A CIRCLE IN TRIANGLE

## Given triangle ABC, draw a circle which is

tangent to all 3 sides of the triangle.

## The key idea

here is that
the angle A
bisector of
any angle
contains the
center of the B
inscribed-to-
be circle, and
that the circle
is tangent to
all 3 sides.
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INSCRIBING A CIRCLE IN TRIANGLE ABC

## 1. Bisect angle A by line AD extending this

beyond the middle of the triangle.

A
Center at point 2 with 2
Center at point 1 with
B
D

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INSCRIBING A CIRCLE IN TRIANGLE ABC

at point O.

3
B E
4 D O

## Center at point 4 with

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INSCRIBING A CIRCLE IN TRIANGLE ABC

## 3. Draw line FG through point O perpendicular

to side AB at point H.

A
H

B E
D O

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INSCRIBING A CIRCLE IN TRIANGLE ABC

## 4. Using point O as center and radius equal to

OH, draw the desired circle.

A
H

B E
D O

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