The line FG, therefore, cannot be perpendicular to DE; and the fame may be demonftrated of any other line but FB; confequently FB is perpendicular to DE. PRO P. XIII. THEOREM. Q. E. D. If a right line be a tangent to a circle, and another right line be drawn at right angles to it, from the point of contact, it will pass through the centre of the circle. B Let the right line DE be a tangent to the circle ACB at the point B; then if AB be drawn at right angles to DE, from the point of contact B, it will pass through the centre of the circle. For if it does not, let F, if poffible, be the centre of the circle; and join FB. Then, fince DE is a tangent to the circle, and FB is a right line drawn from the centre to the point of contact, the angle FBE is a right angle (III. 12.) But the angle ABE is also a right angle, by conftruction; whence the angle FBE is equal to the angle ABE; the lefs to the greater, which is impoffible. The point F, therefore, is not the centre; and the fame may be fhewn of any other point which is out of the line AB; confequently AB must pass through the centre of the circle, as was to be fhewn. PROP. PROP. XIV. THEOREM. An angle at the centre of a circle is double to that at the circumference, when both of them ftand upon the fame arc, Let the angle BEC be an angle at the centre of the circle ABC, and BAC an angle at the circumference, both standing upon the fame arc BC; then will the angle BEC be double the angle BAC. Firft, let E, the centre of the circle, be within the angle BAC, and draw AE, which produce to F. Then, because EA is equal to EB, the angle EAB will be equal to the angle EBA (I. 5.) And, because AEB is a triangle, the outward angle BEF will be equal to the two inward oppofite angles EAB, eba, taken together (I. 28.) But fince the angles EAB, EBA, are equal to each other, they are, together, double the angle EAB; whence the angle BEF is alfo double the angle EAB. And, in the fame manner it may be fhewn, that the angle FEC is double the angle EAC; confequently the whole angle BEC will alfo be double the whole angle BAC. Again, let E, the centre of the circle ABC, fall without the angle BAC, and join AE. Then, fince the angle BFE, of the triangle EFB, is equal to the angle CFA of the triangle CAF (I. 15.) the remaining angles BEF, FBE of the one, are, together, equal to the remaining angles FAC, FCA of the other (I. 28.) But the angle FBE is equal to the angle EAF (I. 5.), and the angle FCA, or ECA, to the angle EAC (I. 5.); therefore the angles BEF, EAF, are, together, equal to the angles FAC, EAC. And, if the angle EAF, which is common, be taken away, the remaining angle BEF or BEC, will be equal to twice the angle FAC, or BAC, as was to be fhewn. PRO P. XV. THEOREM. All angles in the fame fegment of a circle are equal to each other. Let ABCD be a circle, and BAC, BDC any two angles in the fame fegment BADC; then will the angles BAC, BDC be equal to each other. For, firft, let the fegment BADC be greater than a femicircle, and having found the centre E, join BE and EC. Then, Then, fince an angle at the centre of a circle is double to that at the circumference (III. 14.), the angle BAC will be half the angle BEC. And, for the fame reafon, the angle BDC will, alfo, be half the angle BEC. But things which are halves of the fame thing are equal to each other; confequently the angle BAC is equal to the angle BDC. Again, let the fegment BADC be not greater than a femicircle: Then, fince the right lines BD, AC interfect each other in F, the angle BFA will be equal to the oppofite angle DFC (I. 15.) And because the fegment ABCD is greater than a femicircle, the angles ABD, ACD, which ftand in that segment, are equal to each other (III. 15.) But fince the two angles BFA, ABF of the triangle FBA, are equal to the two angles DFC, FCD of the triangle DCF, the remaining angle BAF, or BAC, will allo be equal to the remaining angle FDC, or BDC. PROP. XVI. THEOREM. Q. E. D. An angle in a femicircle is a right angle, Let ABC be a femicircle; then will any angle ACB, in that femicircle, be a right angle. For, find the centre of the circle E (III. 1.) and draw the diameter CED. Then, because an angle at the centre of a circle is double to that at the circumference (III. 14), the angle AED will be double the angle ACD. And, for the fame reafon, the angle BED will be double the angle BCD. The angles AED, BED, therefore, taken together, are double the whole angle ACB. But the angles AED, BED, are, together, equal to two right angles (I. 13.); confequently the angle ACB will be equal to one right angle. Q. E. D. COROLL. The angle BAC, which stands in a segment greater than a femi-circle, is less than a right angle (I. 28.): And the angle BCF, which stands in a fegment less than femi-circle, is greater than a right angle. PROP. XVII. THEOREM. The oppofite angles of any quadrilateral figure, infcribed in a circle, are equal to two right angles. Let ABCD be a quadrilateral, infcribed in the circle ADCB; then will the oppofite angles BAD, BCD, taken together, be equal to two right angles. For, |