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Construction of Regular Heptagon by Rhombic Bicompasses and Ruler

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We discuss a new possible construction of the regular heptagon by rhombic bicompasses explained in the text as a new geometric mean of constructions in the spirit of classical constructions in connection with an unmarked ruler (straightedge). It avoids the disadvantages of the neusis construction which requires the trisection of an angle and which is not possible in classical way by compasses and ruler. The rhombic bicompasses allow to draw at once two circles around two fixed points in such correlated way that the position of one of the rotating points (arms) on one circle determines the position of the points on the other circle. This means that the positions of all points (arms) on both circles are determined in unique way.

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Wünsche, A. (2014) Construction of Regular Heptagon by Rhombic Bicompasses and Ruler. Applied Mathematics, 5, 2370-2380. doi: 10.4236/am.2014.515229.

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