Corollary: 3.01: Bisected Chord of a Circle Passes the Center

(related to Proposition: 3.01: Finding the Center of a given Circle)

(Corollary to Proposition 1 from Book 3 of Euclid's “Elements”)

So, from this, (it is) manifest that if any straight line in a circle cuts any (other) straight line in half, and at right angles, then the center of the circle is on the former (straight line). (Which is) the very thing it was required to do.

Modern Formulation

The straight line which bisects any chord of a circle perpendicularly passes through the center of the circle.

Proofs: 1

Proofs: 1 2

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Adapted from CC BY-SA 3.0 Sources:

  1. Callahan, Daniel: "Euclid’s 'Elements' Redux" 2014

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  1. Casey, John: "The First Six Books of the Elements of Euclid"

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  1. Fitzpatrick, Richard: Euclid's "Elements of Geometry"