Dividing a circle

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How to divide a circle into 6 or 12 equal segments with a compass (for making color wheels and charts).

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Dividing a circle

  1. 1. Dividing a circle with a compass<br />gerard brown<br />2D Foundation Princples<br />
  2. 2. 1. Draw a circle with your compass<br />
  3. 3. 2. Draw a 2nd circle whose center is on the edge of the first your compass (red)<br />
  4. 4. 3. Draw a 3rd circle whose center is on the edge of the 2nd<br />(this on is green)<br />
  5. 5. 4. Draw a 4th circle whose center is on the edge of the 3rd<br />(this one is blue)<br />
  6. 6. 5 - 7. Using the points at which each new circles intersects the original shape, inscribe 3 more circles (they are purple)<br />
  7. 7. The central circle is now divided into six equal parts. Connecting the points will make a regular hexagon. <br />
  8. 8. To divide the figure into 12 parts, locate the midpoint between two points on the edge of the central circle.<br />
  9. 9. Moving clockwise from that point, repeat the sequence by which you located the first six peripheral circles (red).<br />

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