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    Give the geometrical construction of root 2 etc. etc..

    I did this and the following

    root(2+root2)

    and root(2+root(2+root2))

    by drawing a circle of radius one and then working from there, and it came about eventually.

    Is there any other easier way? How many ways are there?

    What is meant, exactly, by "geometrical construction"?

    Compass and ruler?

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    Is there a textbook which explains the classical geometry which, if completed, would endow one with a mastery over the classical geometry methods?
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    Quote Originally Posted by berachia View Post
    I did this and the following

    root(2+root2)

    and root(2+root(2+root2))

    by drawing a circle of radius one and then working from there, and it came about eventually.

    Is there any other easier way? How many ways are there?

    What is meant, exactly, by "geometrical construction"?

    Compass and ruler?

    ------------------------------------
    PS
    Is there a textbook which explains the classical geometry which, if completed, would endow one with a mastery over the classical geometry methods?
    ________________________

    Thanks.

    (sorry this post is in the wrong place)

    construct a square of side length 1 ... the length of its diagonal is \sqrt{2}

    http://whistleralley.com/construction/reference.htm
    Last edited by skeeter; August 29th 2010 at 01:18 PM. Reason: link provided
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    construct rad 2

    Hi beracia,

    You are in the right forum if you simply want to consruct a line segment equal to rad 2 in some given units. If the units are inches draw a circle with compass of radius 1 inch. Then draw a diameter and construct its perpendicular bisector.A chord between the two diameters in one of the quarter circles is equal to rad 2 or 1.4142 inches theoretically.


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