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" If there be two straight lines, one of which is divided into any number of parts, the rectangle contained by the two straight lines is equal to the rectangles contained by the undivided line, and the several parts of the divided line. Let... "
The Elements of Euclid: The Errors by which Theon, Or Others, Have Long ... - Page 40
by Robert Simson - 1827 - 513 pages
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A History of Mathematics: From Mesopotamia to Modernity

Luke Hodgkin - Mathematics - 2005 - 296 pages
...lines equals the sum of the rectangles contained by the uncut straight line and each of the segments. Let A and BC be two straight lines, and let BC be cut at random at the points D and E. I say that the rectangle A by BC equals the sum of the rectangle...
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