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|After doing this||Your work should look like this|
|Start with a line segment PQ that we will copy.|
|Step 1||Mark a point R that will be one endpoint of the new line segment.|
|Step 2||Set the compasses' point on the point P of the line segment to be copied.|
|Step 3||Adjust the compasses' width to the point Q. The compasses' width is now equal to the length of the line segment PQ.|
|Step 4||Without changing the compasses' width, place the compasses' point on the the point R on the line you drew in step 1|
|Step 5||Without changing the compasses' width, Draw an arc roughly where the other endpoint will be.|
|Step 6||Pick a point S on the arc that will be the other endpoint of the new line segment.|
|Step 7||Draw a line from R to S.|
|Step 8||Done. The line segment RS is equal in length (congruent to) the line segment PQ.|