Isosceles triangle given base and altitude
Geometry construction using a compass and straightedge
How to draw an
with compass and straightedge or ruler. The base is the unequal side of the triangle and the altitude is the perpendicular height from the base to the apex. It works by first
copying the base segment,
constructing its perpendicular bisector. The apex is then marked up from the base.
Printable step-by-step instructions
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printable step-by-step instruction sheet, which can be used for making handouts
or when a computer is not available.
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