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Bobbym had told me that it is not an inspirational essay.. It's only his thoughts and feelings on the field.

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Nope, the front part is the definition!

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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Agnishom wrote:

We have used this property in lower grades to mark irrational numbers like sqrt(2) on the real number line.

Long, long ago, when I was doing O level Technical drawing, we used it to construct (compass, set square and straight edge only) a square equal in area to a given rectangle.

We also learnt how to use construction techniques to do:

n sided polygon ---> equal area n-1 sided polygon

triangle ---> equal area rectangle

Thus you can convert any polygon to an equal area square.

But not a circle

Bob

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**PatternMan****Member**- Registered: 2014-03-08
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bob bundy wrote:

See diagram below.

Your diagram is a special case where ADB is a diameter. => chord CE is bisected by ADB so CE = DE.

b

How do you write out the notation like this? I think I have another solution that works.

*Last edited by PatternMan (2014-04-24 10:40:37)*

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**PatternMan****Member**- Registered: 2014-03-08
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Where did you draw this also?

*Last edited by PatternMan (2014-04-25 04:12:54)*

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**PatternMan****Member**- Registered: 2014-03-08
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It is hard to write the solution here so I'll just explain.

Area of the biggest semi circle minus the area of the two smaller semicircles. Once you cancell down you get 1/4 pi AD times DB

Then:

You have now have a right angled triangle by the inscribed angle rule. You can now apply pythagorus theorem.

AB^2 = AC^2 + CB^2 Now AC is the hypotenuse of triangle ACD

CB is the hypotenuse of triangle CDB

So AB^2 = AD^2 + CD^2 + CD^2 + DB^2

AB^2= AD^2 + 2CD^2 + DB^2

bla bla bla

2AD x DB = 2CD^2

AD x DB = CD^2

so replace AD x DB by CD^2

*Last edited by PatternMan (2014-04-25 04:21:21)*

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi Patternman,

Where did you draw this also?

You should be able to see a diagram in post 5. If you meant 'what software am I using?' it's called Geometers Sketchpad. You can also use Geogebra which is a free download.

The notation is done using Latex. If you click on some, you'll get a window showing the actual code. You enclose it in square brackets math /math to switch in the Latex handling program.

There's a tutorial at

http://www.mathisfunforum.com/viewtopic.php?id=4397

and you and set up code using the editor at

http://latex.codecogs.com/eqneditor/editor.php

Bob

You cannot teach a man anything; you can only help him find it within himself..........Galileo Galilei

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**PatternMan****Member**- Registered: 2014-03-08
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A friend sent the question to me so I don't know how it was made. I just drew the right angle triangle in ms paint.

*Last edited by PatternMan (2014-04-25 05:58:58)*

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You can also use Geogebra which is a free download.

Also, it is mostly free software. Parts of GPL and CC BY-SA.

The freedom of commercially using the modified code is prohibited, though.

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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Geometer's sketchpad is nice too, for drawing and getting results quickly.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Georgie Gebra is the man. If he can not do it nobody can! Georgie Gebra!

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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Well, of course Geometer's sketchpad is not nearly as powerful as Geogebra, but it is nice for quick things - especially at Patternman's level.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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I would imagine they would both be very useful to him. Georgie makes it so easy to develop the art of creative guessing...

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.**

**I agree with you regarding the satisfaction and importance of actually computing some numbers. I can't tell you how often I see time and money wasted because someone didn't bother to run the numbers.**

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ShivamS wrote:

Geometer's sketchpad is nice too, for drawing and getting results quickly.

Richard Stallman wrote:

Proprietary software is itself an injustice.

'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'

'God exists because Mathematics is consistent, and the devil exists because we cannot prove it'

'You have made another human being happy. There is no greater accomplishment.' -bobbym

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Stallman's full of sheep dip or maybe even kaboobly doo.

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**ShivamS****Member**- Registered: 2011-02-07
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Most people use the program rather than changing it.

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