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" To divide a given straight line into two parts, so that the rectangle contained by the whole, and one of the parts, may be equal to the square of the other part. "
The Elements of Euclid: The Errors, by which Theon, Or Others, Have Long Ago ... - Page 60
by Robert Simson - 1806 - 518 pages
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A History of Abstract Algebra

Israel Kleiner - Mathematics - 2007 - 168 pages
...algebraically as (a + b)2 — a2 + 2ab + b2. Proposition II. 1 1 states: "To cut a given straight line so that the rectangle contained by the whole and one of the segments is equal to the square on the remaining segment." It asks, in algebraic language, to solve...
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