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Construction with Straightedge and Compass

Under the direction of: Karl Zimmermann

The ancient Greeks were interested in constructing geometric objects using only a straightedge and a compass. It is easy to construct a line through a given point parallel to a given line but impossible to trisect an arbitrary angle. Why?

This is a one-term thesis topic. Prerequisite: Math 199

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Created: 25 Apr 2003
Last modified: 27 Apr 2012 10:47:00
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