anonymous
  • anonymous
When constructing a perpendicular bisector, why must the compass opening be greater than one half the length of the segment?
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phi
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phi
  • phi
if the distance is less than 1/2, the 2 circles don't intersect
TuringTest
  • TuringTest
because if the compass length is less than half the length of the segment the two arcs of the compass will never intersect

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JamesJ
  • JamesJ
Try it for yourself and see.
amistre64
  • amistre64
the compass length does not NEED to be greater than one half the length of a segment. but by having it so, it takes less time to do it.

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