# Dividing a line segment into equal parts

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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.