Division of Lines

Fig. 4-6 Division of a Line into Equal Parts

Geometric construction for dividing a line into any number of equal parts is shown in figure 4-6. To divide AB into 10 equal parts, draw a ray line CB from B at a convenient acute angle to AB. Set a compass to spread less than one-tenth of the length of CB, and lay off this interval 10 times from B on CB. Draw a line from the 10th interval to A, and project the other points of intersection from CB to AB by lines parallel to the first one. The projected points of intersection divide AB into 10 equal parts.


(Source: NAVEDTRA 14069, U.S. Navy)

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