Chapter 14 Practical Geometry Class 6 Notes Maths

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Chapter 14 Practical Geometry Class 6 Notes Maths

Mathematical Instruments

• The ruler (or straight edge)
The ruler
Description: A ruler ideally has no markings on it. However, the ruler in your instruments box is graduated into centimetres along one edge (and sometimes into inches along the other edge).
Use: To draw line segments and to measure their lengths.

• The Compasses
Description: A pair – a pointer on one end and a pencil on the other.
Use: To mark off equal lengths but not to measure them. To draw arcs and circles.

• The Divider

Description: A pair of pointers
Use: To compare lengths.

• Set Squares
Description: Two triangular pieces – one of them has 45°, 45°, 90° angles at the vertices and the other has 30°, 60°, 90° angles at the vertices.
Use: To draw perpendicular and parallel lines.

• The Protractor

Description: A semi-circular device graduated into 180 degree-parts. The measure starts from 0° on the right hand side and ends with 180° on the left hand side and vice-versa.
Use: To draw and measure angles.


• Circle is closed plane figure consisting of all the points which are at a constant distance from a fixed point. This fixed point is called the centre and the distance of fixed point from the points on the circle is called radius of circle.

•  A line segment joining the two points of a circle is called chord of the circle.

• The chord passing through the centre is called diameter of a circle.

Construction of a circle when its radius is known

• Draw a circle of radius 3 cm.

Step I : Open the compass for the required radius of 3 cm.
Step II : Mark a point with a sharp pencil.
Step III : Place the pointer of the compass on O.
Step IV : Turn the compass slowly to draw the circle. Be careful to complete the movement amount in one instant.

Line Segment

• Line segment is a part of line that is bounded by two distinct end points and contains every point on the line between its end points.

Construction of a line segment of a given length using ruler and compass

Step I : Draw a line l. Mark a point A on a line l.
Step II : Place the compass pointer on the zero mark of the ruler. Open it to place the pencil point upto the 4.7 cm mark.
Step III : Taking caution that the opening of the compasses has not changed, place the pointer on A and swing an arc to cut l at B.
Step IV : is a line segment of required length.

Constructing a copy of a given line segment using ruler and compass

Step I : Given, a line segment  whose length is not known.
Step II : Fix the compass pointer on A and the pencil end on B. The opening of the instrument now gives the length of line segment .
Step III : Draw any line l. Choose a point C on l. Without changing the compasses setting, place the pointer on C.
Step IV : Swing an arc that cuts l at a point, say D. Now, line segment is a copy of line segment  .


• The property of being perpendicular (perpendicularity) is the relationship between how lines which meet at right angle (90 degrees). The property extends to other related objects. A line is said to be perpendicular to another line if the two lines intersect at right angle.

Drawing perpendicular to a line through a point on it, using ruler and a set-square

Step I : A line l and a point P are given as shown alongside.
Step III : Place a set-square with one of its edges along the already aligned edge of the ruler such that the right angled corner is in contact with the ruler.
Step IV : Slide the set-square along the edge of ruler until its right angled corner coincides with P.
Step V : Hold the set-square firmly in this position. Draw  along the edge of the set-square, where PQ is perpendicular to l.

Drawing perpendicular to a line through a point on it, using ruler and compass.

Step I : Let a point P on a line l. 
Step II : With P as centre and a convenient radius, construct an arc intersecting the line l at two points A and B.
Step III : With A and B as centres and a radius greater than AP construct two arcs, which cut each other at Q.
Step VI : Join  . Then, is perpendicular to I. We write  ⊥ l.

Drawing a perpendicular to a line through a point not on it, using ruler and set-square.

Step I : Let l be the given line and P be a point outside l.
Step II : Place a set-square on l such that one arm of its right angle aligns along l.
Step III : Place a ruler along the edge opposite to the right angle of the set-square.
Step IV : Hold the ruler fixed. Slide the set-square along the ruler till the point P touches the other arm of the set-square.
Step V : Join PM along the edge through P meeting l at M. Now, PM I.

Drawing a perpendicular to a line through a point not on it, using ruler and compass.

Step I : Given a line l and a point P not on it.
Step II : With P as centre, draw an arc, which intersects line l at two points A and B.
Step III : Using the same radius and with A and B as centres, construct two arcs that intersect at a point, (say Q) on the other side.
Step IV : Join PQ. Thus, PQ is perpendicular to l.

Perpendicular bisector of a line segment

• A perpendicular bisector of a line segment is a line segment perpendicular to line segment and passing through the mid point. The perpendicular bisector of a line segment can be constructed using a compass by drawing circles centred at and with radius and connecting their two intersections.

Constructing perpendicular bisector by using ruler and compasses

Step I : Draw a line segment  of any length.
Step II : With A as centre, using compasses, draw a circle. The radius of your circle should be more than half the length of .
Step III : With the same radius and with B as centre, draw another circle using compasses. Let it cut the previous circle at C and D.
Step IV : Join  which cuts  at O, use the divider to verify that O is the mid-point of  . Also, Verify that ∠COA and ∠COB are right angles. Therefore, CD is the perpendicular bisector of  .


• An angle is a figure formed by two rays, called the sides of the angle, sharing a common end
point, called the vertex of the angle.

Constructing an angle of a given measure

Make an angle of measure 40°.

Step I : Draw  of any length.
Step II : Place the centre of the protractor at A and the zero edge along  .
Step III : Start with zero near B. Mark point C at 40°.
Step IV : Join AC. ∠ BAC is the required angle.

Constructing a copy of an angle of unknown measure

Let ∠ A be an angle whose measure is not known.

Step I : Draw a line l and choose a point P on it.
Step II : Place the compasses at A and draw an arc to cut the rays of ∠ A at B and C.
Step III : Use the same compasses setting to draw an arc with P as centre, cutting l at Q.
Step IV : Set your compasses to the length BC with the same radius.
Step V : Place the compasses pointer at Q and draw the arc, to cut the arc drawn earlier in R.
Step VI : Join PR. This gives us ∠ P. It has the same measure as ∠ A.

Bisector of an angle

• The bisector of an angle is a ray whose end point is a vertex of the angle and which divides the angle into two equal angles.

Construction of bisector of an angle using ruler and compasses 

Step I : With A as centre and using compasses, draw an arc that cuts both rays of ∠ A. Label the points of intersection as B and C.
Step II : With B as centre, draw (in the interior angle of ∠ A) an arc, whose radius is more than half the length of BC. 
Step III : With the same radius and with C as centre, draw another arc in the interior angle of ∠ A.

Angles of special measures

• There are some elegant and accurate methods to construct some angles of special measures, which do not require the use of the protractor.
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