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    Can you square a circle?

    Is it actually POSSIBLE to square a circle? I mean, draw a square inside a circle with the corners touching the circumference of the circle. (Each side of the square acts as a chord.) Please answer.
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    square a circle

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDrBraniac View Post
    Is it actually POSSIBLE to square a circle? I mean, draw a square inside a circle with the corners touching the circumference of the circle. (Each side of the square acts as a chord.) Please answer.
    Good afternoon Dr,

    Yes it is possible to inscribe a square in a circle. Draw a circle and thru the center draw two diameters perpendicular to each other.The four points where the diameters meet the circle form the square.Are you required to give a formal proof?


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    Exclamation Oh sorry!

    I meant draw a circle in a square. Square the circle. Sorry!
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    square a circle

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDrBraniac View Post
    I meant draw a circle in a square. Square the circle. Sorry!

    Hello again Dr,
    To circumscribe a square around a circle draw two diameters perpendicular to each other( one horizontal - one vertical to simplify exp.) Where the four points meet the circle draw two horiz and two vert tangents. Intersections of tangents define the square.


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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDrBraniac View Post
    I meant draw a circle in a square. Square the circle. Sorry!
    To inscribe a circle in a square bisect the sides of the square connect opposite points. The intersection of the lines between mid points of the sides is the centre of the circle and the radius is equal to a half side (or if using collapsing compasses the distance from the centre to any of the side mid points).

    Also do not call this "square the circle" which is the name of a problem from classical antiquity to construct a square with the same area as a given circle using straight edge and compass only. This is impossible.

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