Isosceles triangle given the base and one side
Geometry construction using a compass and straightedge
How to construct (draw) an
with compass and straightedge or ruler, given the length of the
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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