Euclid's Elements Book VI : Similar figures and proportions in geometry.

### Definitions

- Definition 1
- Similar rectilinear figures are such as have their angles severally equal and
the sides about the equal angles proportional.
- Definition 2
- Two figures are reciprocally related when the sides about corresponding angles
are reciprocally proportional.
- Definition 3
- A straight line is said to have been cut in extreme and mean ratio when, as the
whole line is to the greater segment, so is the greater to the less.
- Definition 4
- The height of any figure is the perpendicular drawn from the vertex to the base.

### Propositions

- Proposition 1
- Triangles and parallelograms
which are under the same height are to one another as their bases.
- Proposition 2
- If a straight line is drawn parallel to one of the sides of a triangle, then it cuts the sides
of the triangle proportionally; and, if the sides of the triangle are cut proportionally,
then the line joining the points of section is parallel to the remaining side of the triangle.
- Proposition 3
- If an angle of a triangle is bisected by a straight line cutting the base, then the
segments of the base have the same ratio as the [remaining sides of the triangle; and,
if segments of the base have the same ratio as the remaining sides of the triangle,
then the straight line joining the vertex to the point of section bisects the angle of the triangle.
- Proposition 4
- In equiangular triangles the sides about the equal angles are proportional where the
corresponding sides are opposite the equal angles.
- Proposition 5
- If two triangles have their sides proportional, then the triangles are equiangular with the
equal angles opposite the corresponding sides.
- Proposition 6
- If two triangles have one angle equal to one angle and the sides about the equal angles
proportional, then the triangles are equiangular and have those angles equal opposite the
corresponding sides.
- Proposition 7
- If two triangles have one angle equal to one angle, the sides about other angles
proportional, and the remaining angles either both less or both not less than a right angle,
then the triangles are equiangular and have those angles equal the sides about which are proportional.
- Proposition 8
- If in a right-angled triangle a perpendicular is drawn from the right angle to the base,
then the triangles adjoining the perpendicular are similar both to the whole and to one another.
Corollary

If in a right-angled triangle a perpendicular is drawn from the right angle to the base,
then the straight line so drawn is a mean proportional between the segments of the base.

- Proposition 9
- To cut off a prescribed part from a given straight line.
- Proposition 10
- To cut a given uncut straight line similarly to a given cut straight line.
- Proposition 11
- To find a third proportional to two given straight lines.
- Proposition 12
- To find a fourth proportional to three given straight lines.
- Proposition 13
- To find a mean proportional to two given straight lines.
- Proposition 14
- In equal and equiangular parallelograms the sides about the equal angles are reciprocally
proportional; and equiangular parallelograms in which the sides about the equal angles are
reciprocally proportional are equal.
- Proposition 15
- In equal triangles which have one angle equal to one angle the sides about the equal
angles are reciprocally proportional; and those triangles which have one angle equal to one
angle, and in which the sides about the equal angles are reciprocally proportional, are equal.
- Proposition 16
- If four straight lines are proportional, then the rectangle contained by the extremes
equals the rectangle contained by the means; and, if the rectangle contained by the extremes
equals the rectangle contained by the means, then the four straight lines are proportional.
- Proposition 17
- If three straight lines are proportional, then the rectangle contained by the extremes
equals the square on the mean; and, if the rectangle contained by the extremes equals the
square on the mean, then the three straight lines are proportional.
- Proposition 18
- To describe a rectilinear figure similar and similarly situated to a given rectilinear
figure on a given straight line.
- Proposition 19
- Similar triangles are to one another in the duplicate ratio of the corresponding sides.
Corollary

If three straight lines are proportional, then the first is to the third as the figure described on the
first is to that which is similar and similarly described on the second.

- Proposition 20
- Similar polygons are divided into similar triangles, and into triangles equal in multitude
and in the same ratio as the wholes, and the polygon has to the polygon a ratio duplicate
of that which the corresponding side has to the corresponding side.
Corollary
Similar rectilinear figures are to one another in the duplicate ratio of the corresponding sides.

- Proposition 21
- Figures which are similar to the same rectilinear figure are also similar to one another.
- Proposition 22
- If four straight lines are proportional, then the rectilinear figures similar and similarly
described upon them are also proportional; and, if the rectilinear figures similar and similarly
described upon them are proportional, then the straight lines are themselves also proportional.
- Proposition 23
- Equiangular parallelograms have to one another the ratio compounded of the ratios of their sides.
- Proposition 24
- In any parallelogram the parallelograms about the diameter are similar both to the
whole and to one another.
- Proposition 25
- To construct a figure similar to one given rectilinear figure and equal to another.
- Proposition 26
- If from a parallelogram there is taken away a parallelogram similar and similarly situated
to the whole and having a common angle with it, then it is about the same diameter with the whole.
- Proposition 27
- Of all the parallelograms applied to the same straight line falling short by parallelogrammic
figures similar and similarly situated to that described on the half of the straight line, that
parallelogram is greatest which is applied to the half of the straight line and is similar to the difference.
- Proposition 28
- To apply a parallelogram equal to a given rectilinear figure to a given straight line but
falling short by a parallelogram similar to a given one; thus the given rectilinear figure must
not be greater than the parallelogram described on the half of the straight line and similar to
the given parallelogram.
- Proposition 29
- To apply a parallelogram equal to a given rectilinear figure to a given straight line but
exceeding it by a parallelogram similar to a given one.
- Proposition 30
- To cut a given finite straight line in extreme and mean ratio.
- Proposition 31
- In right-angled triangles the figure on the side opposite the right angle equals the sum of the
similar and similarly described figures on the sides containing the right angle.
- Proposition 32
- If two triangles having two sides proportional to two sides are placed together at one angle
so that their corresponding sides are also parallel, then the remaining sides of the triangles are in a straight line.
- Proposition 33
- Angles in equal circles have the same ratio as the circumferences on which they stand whether
they stand at the centers or at the circumferences.

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