# Proposition: 3.01: Finding the Center of a given Circle

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

To find the center of a given circle. * Let $ABC$ be the given circle. * So it is required to find the center of circle $ABC$. * Let some straight line $AB$ have been drawn through ($ABC$), at random, and let ($AB$) have been cut in half at point $D$ [Prop. 1.9]. * And let $DC$ have been drawn from $D$, at right angles to $AB$ [Prop. 1.11]. * And let ($CD$) have been drawn through to $E$. * And let $CE$ have been cut in half at $F$ [Prop. 1.9]. * I say that (point) $F$ is the center of the [circle] $ABC$. ### Modern Formulation

It is possible to locate the center of a circle.

Proofs: 1 Corollaries: 1

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Propositions: 29 30 31
Sections: 32

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### References

#### Adapted from CC BY-SA 3.0 Sources:

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