MATH 7200: Foundations of Geometry
EXAM #1 - Question #4

4. Given two points A and B, construct a square with diagonal AB.

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Given diagonal AB. The lemma below states that the diagonals of a square are perpendicular bisectors. So, the first step is to construct the other diagonal by constructing the perpendicular bisector [see lemma below].













The lemma also states that the diagonals bisect each other. In other words, the distances from P to each vertex are congruent. Two vertices of the square are known: points A and B. So, to construct the other two vertices, we construct a circle with center at point P with radius of length d(PA). The last two vertices (points C and D) are found at the intersection of the circle and the perpendicular bisector.








LEMMA: Given a square ABCD, the diagonals are perpendicular bisectors of each other. See Proof.

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