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Tangent with Straightedge (Posted on 2008-03-13) Difficulty: 4 of 5
Let gamma be a circle with center O and P a point outside gamma.

Construct a tangent line to gamma through point P using a straightedge only.

Prove the construction.

See The Solution Submitted by Bractals    
Rating: 4.0000 (1 votes)

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re(2): Seriously | Comment 7 of 8 |
(In reply to re: Seriously by Charlie)

Indeed.

If we were to consider X to at an infinite distance from O (ie, / DPB approaches 0) the / POX approaches 90 as the limit such that
/ YOP is almost a rightangle. 

Yes, as / DPB widens the points X, D, E and Y converge at a point to the left (on my sketch) of this vertical location.

I tried this in ACAD using a few different angle sizes for / DPB.  Back to a straightedge and pair of compasses.

Edited on March 15, 2008, 7:24 pm
  Posted by brianjn on 2008-03-15 19:21:18

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