The tools in our geometry box are:
- Set squares
The description of each tool and its uses are given below:
A ruler is a flat and straight-edged strip, whose one side is graduated into centimetres and the other into inches. A ruler is commonly called a scale. It is the most essential tool in geometry. It is used in all constructions.
The basic uses of a ruler are:
Measuring lengths of line segments
Drawing line segments
A compass has two ends. One end holds a pointer, while the other end holds a pencil. It is also called a pair of compasses.
The basic uses of a compass are:
- Marking off equal lengths
- Drawing arcs
- Drawing circle
A divider is a tool similar in shape to a compass. It has a pair of pointer ends.
The basic uses of a divider are:
- Comparing lengths of line segments
- Helping avoid positioning errors
- Taking accurate measurements
The two triangular tools in the geometry box are called set squares. One of the set square is an isosceles triangle with two angles measuring 45° each. The other set square is a scalene triangle with two angles measuring 30° and 60° each. The two perpendicular sides of either set square are graduated into centimetres.
The basic uses of set squares are:
- Drawing perpendicular lines
- Drawing parallel lines
A semi-circular tool with degrees marked is called a protractor. The centre of the semicircle is called the midpoint of the protractor. This point helps as a reference point for the protractor. The horizontal line is called the base line or the straight edge of the protractor.
The basic uses of a protractor are:
- Measuring angles
- Drawing angles
The important points to be remembered while using the tools for construction are:
- Draw smooth and thin lines
- Mark points lightly
- Maintain tools or instruments with sharp pointers and fine edges
- Keep two pencils in the box. One is for drawing lines and marking points. The other is for using in the compass
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