A first trail through the mysterious world of the Golden Section.
Draw a line (considered endless in both directions), put a point
somewhere on each side of the line. Label these points A and B. Use
a geometric construction to locate a point, P, on the line,. . . .
Construct a line parallel to one side of a triangle so that the
triangle is divided into two equal areas.
You are only given the three midpoints of the sides of a triangle. How can you construct the original triangle?
Drawing a triangle is not always as easy as you might think!
Using a ruler, pencil and compasses only, it is possible to
construct a square inside any triangle so that all four vertices
touch the sides of the triangle.
Have a go at creating these images based on circles. What do you notice about the areas of the different sections?
The diagonal of a square intersects the line joining one of the unused corners to the midpoint of the opposite side. What do you notice about the line segments produced?
How can you represent the curvature of a cylinder on a flat piece of paper?
What fractions can you divide the diagonal of a square into by simple folding?
Construct this design using only compasses
Prove that, given any three parallel lines, an equilateral triangle
always exists with one vertex on each of the three lines.
Find the vertices of a pentagon given the midpoints of its sides.
You are given a circle with centre O. Describe how to construct with a straight edge and a pair of compasses, two other circles centre O so that the three circles have areas in the ratio 1:2:3.
Design and construct a prototype intercooler which will satisfy agreed quality control constraints.
What shape and size of drinks mat is best for flipping and catching?
Medieval stonemasons used a method to construct octagons using ruler and compasses... Is the octagon regular? Proof please.
Jenny Murray describes the mathematical processes behind making patchwork in this article for students.
Investigate constructible images which contain rational areas.