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|After doing this||Your work should look like this|
|Start with the given segment lengths for the two legs L1 and L2|
|1||Draw a long horizontal line|
|2||Mark a point C somewhere near the middle of that line.|
|3||Set the compass width to the length of one of the given legs. (Here L1).|
|4||With the compasses on C, mark an arc on each side of C, creating points P and A|
|5||Increase the compass width by about 25% and with the compasses on P, make an arc above the point C|
|6||With the same compass width, and with the compasses on A, make another arc above C|
|7||Draw a line from C through the point where the arcs intersect.|
|8||Set the compass width to the length of the other given leg (here L2)|
|9||With the compasses on C, draw an arc above C across the line, creating point B.|
|10||Using the straight edge, draw the line AB|
|Done. ABC is a right triangle with the given leg lengths|