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|After doing this||Your work should look like this|
|Start with a line segment AB that we will divide up into 5 (in this case) equal parts.|
|Step 1||From point A, draw a line segment at an angle to the given line, and about the same length. The exact length is not important.|
|Step 2||Set the compasses on A, and set its width to a bit less than one fifth of the length of the new line.|
|Step 3||Step the compasses along the line, marking off 5 arcs. Label the last one C.|
|Step 4||With the compasses' width set to CB, draw an arc from A just below it.|
|Step 5||With the compasses' width set to AC, draw an arc from B crossing the one drawn in step 4. This intersection is point D.|
|Step 6||Draw a line from D to B.|
|Step 7||Using the same compasses' width as used to step along AC, step the compasses from D along DB making 4 new arcs across the line|
|Step 8||Draw lines between the corresponding points along AC and DB.|
|Step 9||Done. The lines divide the given line segment AB in to 5 congruent parts.|