Isosceles triangle given the base and one side
Geometry construction using a compass and straightedge

How to construct (draw) an isosceles triangle with compass and straightedge or ruler, given the length of the base and one side. First we copy the base segment. Then we use the fact that both sides of an isosceles triangle have the same length to mark the apex (topmost point) of the triangle the same distance from each end of the base.

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.

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