This is a proof of concept build of an HTML5 engine to perform classical Greek compass and straightedge calculations, as described in this Wikipedia article. In brief, an initial set of points can be created, and then points can be connected by lines, circles can be drawn with one point as center and another as one point in the circumference, and finally the points where circles and/or lines intersect can be added as new points. With those simple rules, angles and line segments can be bisected, and certain regular (equilateral) shapes can be created.

I have created a rudimentary language to describe the adding of points, lines, and circles, and finding their intersections, which I discuss briefly after the demo below. Without further ado, choose a sample "program" to run to bisect an angle or create a regular shape. If you're a fan of Gauss, be sure to check out the heptadecagon.

Display areaFrame delay (ms)

Samples

Bisect an angle

Construct a regular triangle

Pentagon

Heptadecagon

Instructions

The language

- point [x] [y] [name]

This creates a point at canvas position [x,y], and labels it [name]. This is intended only to be used for creating starting points to be used by the remaining commands. In HTML5 canvases, point 0,0 is the upper-left corner, and numbers increase as you move right and down. - line [a] [b]

This draws a line between points a and b. - circle [a] [b]

This draws a circle centered at point a, with point b as a point on the circumference (line ab describes the circle's radius) - intersect [circle|line] [a] [b] [circle|line] [c] [d]

Identify's the intersection points between two circles, two lines, or a circle and a line (for this last combination, specify the circle first). This doesn't add any new points, it just identifies the intersections. A separate "point" command must follow an intersect command to add new points - point i [0|1] [a]

This creates a new point [a] based on the two possible results of the last "intersect" command. You will need to test whether intersect point 0 or 1 is the one you need. In fact, if you're building your own program, you'll want to do several tests as you go. I recommend setting the frame delay to 0 before testing to speed things up. - : [text]

Sets the current "label" in the display area, used for giving the audience an idea about what they're looking at. - # [comment]

Comments in the instructions that aren't shown in the display area

Fantastic!

ReplyDeleteNeat. here's a simpler way to build a regular triangle:

ReplyDelete: Construct an equilateral triangle

# Initial circle

point 320 300 O

point 320 470 P0

circle O P0

# Base of triangle

circle P0 O

intersect circle P0 O circle O P0

point i 0 P1

point i 1 P2

delete circle P0 O

delete point P0

delete point O

# Top of triangle

circle P1 P2

intersect circle P1 P2 circle O P0

point i 0 P3

delete circle P1 P2

delete circle O P0

# Draw triangle

line P1 P2

line P1 P3

line P2 P3

Nice. The blog entry following this one (4 ways to construct a pentagon) has an improvement to triangle making using this engine, and I also added some features to use a lightbox-ish display for the animation, and comments turn into stopping points, giving the user time to read what's going on before clicking on to the next steps. It's hiding at the very bottom of the post.

ReplyDeleteMaravilloso y sencillo script Canvas sobre geometría con compás

ReplyDeletehttp://twitter.com/josepssv/status/280254938259546112

Puedo usar el código o parte de él? Que tipo de licencia?

Thanks, Jose. You're welcome to use the code under an LGPL3 license. Also your tumblr page looks very interesting, and makes me wish I spoke Spanish better... or is that Portuguese?

ReplyDeleteSon pocas palabras. Nos entenderemos (Spanish)

ReplyDeleteYo construí esto y quedó estático

http://drawap.sourceforge.net/drawap/index.html

Ahora con su permiso

http://jsfiddle.net/krwBd/1/embedded/result/

I update

ReplyDeletehttp://jsfiddle.net/krwBd/3/embedded/result/

Relative and polar coordinates

http://www.ncsu.edu/project/graphicscourse/gc/acadtut/polcoord3.html

Josep, first, sorry for getting your name wrong initially.

ReplyDeleteI like the relative and polar coordinate change, very nice!

Jose correct for my friends.

ReplyDeleteWould be nice successive relative coordinates

Your application can evolve much

http://jsxgraph.uni-bayreuth.de/wp/