Constructing the Square Root of a Positive Integer Geometrically

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This Demonstration finds the square root of a positive integer geometrically. From a point on a vertical line, draw a perpendicular segment of length and then a circle of radius centered at the endpoint of this segment. The intersection of the vertical line and the circle is at the distance from the original point.

Contributed by: Vignon Oussa (December 2012)
(Bridgewater State University)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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