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gory did not observe, that, if Prop. 86. was changed into this, the demonstration of the 86th must be cancelled, and another put into its place: But the truth is, both the enunciation and the demonstration of Prop. 86. are quite entire and right, only Prop. 87. which is more simple, ought to have been placed before it; and the deficiency which the Doctor justly observes to be in this part of Euclid's Data, and which, no doubt, is owing to the carelessness and ignorance of the Greek editors, should have been supplied, not by changing Prop. $6. which is both entire and necessary, but by adding the two propositions, which are the 88th and 90th in this edition.
PROP. XCVIII. C.
THESE were communicated to me by two excellent meters, the first of them by the Right Honourable the Earl of Stanhope, and the other by Dr. Matthew Stewart; to which I have added the demonstrations.
Though the order of the propositions has been in many places changed from that in former editions, yet this will be of little disadvantage, as the ancient geometers never cite the Data, and the moderns very rarely.
As that part of the composition of a problem which is its construction may not be so readily deduced from the analysis by beginners, for their sake the following example is given; in which the derivation of the several parts of the construction from the analysis is particularly shown, that they may be assisted to do the like in other problems.
HAVING given the magnitude of a parallelogram, the angle of which ABC is given, and also the excess of the square of its side BC above the square of the side AB; to find its sides and describe it.
The analysis of this is the same with the demonstration of the 87th Prop. of the Data, and the construction that is given of the problem at the end of that proposition is thus derived from the analysis.
Let EFG be equal to the given angle ABC, and because in the analysis it is said that the ratio of the rectangle AB, BC, to the parallelogram AC, is given by the 62d Prop. dat. therefore, from a point in FE, the perpendicular EG is drawn to FG, as the ratio of FE to EG is the ratio of the
B PD rectangle AB, BC, to the parallelogram AC, by what is shown at the end of Prop. 62. Next, the magnitude of AC is exhibited by making the rectangle EG, GH equal to it; and the given excess of the square of BC above the square of BA, to which excess the rectangle CB, BD is equal, is exhibited by the rectangle HG, GL: Then, in the analy sis, the rectangle AB, BC, is said to be given, and this is equal to the rectangle FE, GH, because the rectangle AB, BC is to the parallelogram AC, as (FE to EG, that is, as the reetangle) FE, GH to EG, GH; and the parallelogram AC is equal to the rectangle EG, GH; therefore the rectangle AB, BC, is equal to FE, GH: And consequently the ratio of the rectangle CB, BD, that is, of the rectangle HG, GL, to AB, BC, that is, of the straight line DB to BA, is the same with the ratio (of the rectangle GL, GH, to FE, GH, that is) of the straight line GL to FE, which ratio of DB to BA, is the next thing said to be given in the analysis: From this it is plain that the square of FE is to the square of GL, as the square of BA, which is equal to the rectangle BC, CD, is to the square of BD; The ratio of which spaces is the next thing said to be given: And from this it follows, that four times the square of FE is to the square of GL, as four times the rectangle BC, CD is to the square of BD; and, by composition, four times the square of FE, together with the square of GL, is to the square of GL, as four times the rectangle BC, CD, together with the square of BD, is to the square of BD, that is (8.2.) as the square of the straight lines BC, CD, taken together is to the square of BD, which ratio is the next thing said to be given in the analysis: And because four times the square of FE and the square of GL are to be added together; therefore in the perpendicular EG there is taken KG equal to FE, and MG equal to the double of it, because
thereby the squares of MG, GL, that is, joining ML, the square of ML is equal to four times the square of FE, and to the square of GL: And because the square of ML is to the square of GL, as the square of the straight line made up of BC and CD is to the square of BD, therefore (22. 6.) ML is to LG, as BC together with CD is to BD; and, by composition, ML and LG together, that is, producing GL to N, so that ML be equal to LN, the straight line NG, is to GL, as twice BC is to BD; and by taking GO equal to the half of NG, GO is to GL, as BC to BD, the ratio of which is said to be given in the analysis: And from this it follows, that the rectangle HG, GO, is to HG, GL, as the square of BC is to the rectangle CB, BD, which is equal to the rectangle HG, GL; and therefore the square of BC is qual to the rectangle HG, GO; and BC is consequently found by taking a mean proportional betwixt HG and GO, as is said in the construction: And because it was shown that GO is to GL, as BC to BD, and that now the three first are found, the fourth BD is found by 12. 6. It was likewise shown that LG is to FE, or GK, as DB to BA, and the three first are now found, and thereby the fourth BA. Make the angle ABC equal to EFG, and complete the parallelogram of which the sides are AB, BC, and the construction is finished; the rest of the composition contains the demonstration.
As the propositions from the 13th to the 28th may be thought by beginners to be less useful than the rest, because they cannot so readily see how they are to be made use of in the solution of problems; on this account the two following problems are added, to show that they are equally useful with the other propositions, and from which it may be easily judged that many other problems depend upon these propositions.
To find three straight lines such, that the ratio of the first to the second is given; and if a given straight line be taken from the second, the ratio of the remainder to the third is given; also the rectangle contained by the first and third is given.
Let AB be the first straight line, CD the second, and EF the third: And because the ratio of AB to CD is given, and that if a given straight line be taken from CD, the ratio of the remainder to EF is given; therefore the excess of the first AB above a given straight line has a given ratio to the third EF: Let BH be that given straight line; therefore AH the excess of AB above it, has a given ratio to EF; and consequently the rectangle BA, AH, has a given ratio to the rectangle AB, EF, C_G_D which last rectangle is given by the hypothesis; therefore the rectangle BA,E AH is given, and BH the excess of its
sides is given: wherefore the sides AB, K NML Q AH are givend: And because the ratios
of AB to CD, and of AH to EF, are given, CD and EF are given.
LET the given ratio of KL to KM be that which AB is required to have to CD; and let DG be the given straight line which is to be taken from CD, and let the given ratio of KM to KN be that which the remainder must have to EF; also let the given rectangle NK, KO, be that to which the rectangle AB, EF is required to be equal: Find the given straight line BH which is to be taken from AB, which is done, as plainly appears from Prop. 24. dat. by making as KM to KL, so GD to HB. To the given straight line BH apply a rectangle equal to LK, KO, exceeding 29. 6. by a square, and let BA, AH be its sides: Then is AB the first of the straight lines required to be found, and by making as LK to KM, so AB to DC, DC will be the second: And lastly, make as KM to KN, so CG to EF, and EF is the third.
For as AB to CD, so is HB to GD, each of these ratios being the same with the ratio of LK to KM; therefore f 19. 5. AH is to CG, as (AB to CD, that is, as) LK to KM; and as CG to EF, so is KM to KN; wherefore, ex æquali, as AH to EF, so is LK to KN: And as the rectangle BA, AH to the rectangle BA, EF, so is the rectangle LK, KO, to 3 1. 6. the rectangle KN, KO: And by the construction, the rectangle BA, AH is equal to LK, KO: Therefore the 14. 5, rectangle AB, EF is equal to the given rectangle NK, KO: And AB has to CD the given ratio of KL to KM; and from CD the given straight line GD being taken, the remainder CG has to EF the given ratio of KM to KN. Q.E.D.
To find three straight lines such, that the ratio of
Let AB be the first straight line, BC the second, and BD
LET the given ratio of FG to GH be that which AB is required to have to BC, and let HK be the given straight
line which is to be taken from BC, and let the ratio which