Definition: Def. 10.06: Second Binomial

And if the lesser term is commensurable in length with the rational (straight line previously) laid out then let (the whole straight line) be called a second binomial (straight line).

Modern Formulation

The second binomial is a straight line whose length is \[\frac{\alpha}{\sqrt{1-\beta^{\,2}}}+\alpha,\]

where \(\alpha,\beta\) denote positive rational numbers.

Proofs: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Propositions: 9 10 11

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Adapted from (subject to copyright, with kind permission)

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

Adapted from CC BY-SA 3.0 Sources:

  1. Prime.mover and others: "Pr∞fWiki",, 2016