Greetings math friends and welcome to MathSux! In this week’s post, we are going to take a step by step look on how a square inscribed in a circle construction works! We got videos, we got GIF’s, and we got a step by step written explanation below, the choice of learning this construction is up to you! Happy Calculating! 🙂
How to Construct a Square Inscribed in a Circle:
Step 1: Draw a circle using a compass.
Step 2: Using a ruler, draw a diameter across the length of the circle, going through its midpoint.
Step 3: Open up the compass across the circle. Then take the point of the compass to one end of the diameter and swing the compass above the circle, making a mark.
Step 4: Keeping that same length of the compass, go to the other side of the diameter and swing above the circle again making another mark until the two arcs intersect.
Step 5: Repeat steps 3 and 4, this time creating marks below the circle.
Step 6: Connect the point of intersection above and below the circle using a ruler. This creates a perpendicular bisector, cutting the diameter in half and forming 90º angles.
Step 7: Lastly, use a ruler to connect each corner point to one another creating a square.
Best Geometry Tools!
Looking to get the best construction tools? Any compass and straight-edge will do the trick, but personally, I prefer to use my favorite mini math toolbox from Staedler. Stadler has a geometry math set that comes with a mini ruler, compass, protractor, and eraser in a nice travel-sized pack that is perfect for students on the go and for keeping everything organized….did I mention it’s only $7.99 on Amazon?! This is the same set I use for every construction video in this post. Check out the link below and let me know what you think!
Still got questions? No problem! Don’t hesitate to comment with any questions. Happy calculating! 🙂
Looking for something similar to square inscribed in a circle construction? Check out this post here on how to construct and equilateral triangle here! And if you’re looking for even more geometry constructions, check out the link here!