Dividing a segment into several equal parts
Geometry construction using a compass and straightedge
This shows how to divide a given
into a number of equal parts with compass and straightedge or ruler.
In the applet we divide it into five parts but it can be any number.
By using a compass and straightedge construction, we do this without measuring the line.
Printable step-by-step instructions
The above animation is available as a
printable step-by-step instruction sheet, which can be used for making handouts
or when a computer is not available.
Try it yourself
Click here for a printable worksheet containing two line division exercises.
When you get to the page, use the browser print command to print as many as you wish. The printed output is not copyright.
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