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AXES OF SIMILITUDE.

294°. Let S1, S2, S3 denote three circles having their centres A, B, C and radii r1, 72, 73, and let X, X', Y, Y', Z, Z'be their six centres of similitude.

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linear. Similarly it is proved that the triads of points XY'Z', YZ'X', ZX'Y' are collinear.

Def.These lines of collinearity of the centres of similitude of the three circles taken in pairs are the axes of similitude of the circles. The line XYZ is the external axis, as being external to all the circles, and the other three, passing between the circles, are internal axes.

Cor. 1. If an axis of similitude touches any one of the circles it touches all three of them.

(286) Cor. 2. If an axis of similitude cuts any one of the circles it cuts all three at the same angle, and the intercepted chords are proportional to the corresponding radii.

Cor. 3. Since XYX'Y' is a quadrangle whereof XX', YY', and ZZ' are the three diagonals, the circles on XX', YY', and ZZ' as diameters are co-axal.

(277o, Cor. 2) .. the circles of similitude of three circles taken in pairs are co-axal.

Cor. 4. When the three circles of similitude are of the c.p.species, two points may be found from which any three circles subtend equal angles. These are the common points to the three circles of similitude.

(288°, Cor. 2) Cor. 5. The groups of circles on the following triads of segments as diameters are severally co-axal, AX, BY, CZ; AX, YZ', Y'Z; BY, Z'X, ZX'; CZ, XY', X'Y.

295°. Any two circles 2 and Z', which touch three circles S1, S2, S3 similarly, cut their circles of antisimilitude orthogonally (292°, Cor. 1), and therefore have their centres at the radical centre of the three circles of antisimilitude.

(276°, Cor. 4) But z and Z' have not necessarily the same centre. .. the three circles of antisimilitude of the circles Sy, S2, and S, are co-axal, and their common radical axis passes through the centres of Z and Z'.

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296o. Theorem.--If two circles touch three circles similarly, the radical axis of the two is an axis of similitude of the three ; and the radical centre of the three is a centre of similitude of the two.

roof.The circles S and S touch the three circles A, B, and C similarly.

1. Since S and S touch A and B similarly, the radical axis of S and Spasses through a centre of similitude of A and B.

(292°, Cor. 3) Also, the radical axis of S and S'passes through a centre of similitude of B and C, and through a centre of similitude of C and A.

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2. Again, since A and B touch S and S', the radical axis of A and B passes through a centre of similitude of S and S'.

For similar reasons, and because A, B, and C touch S and S' similarly, the radical axes of B and C, and of C and A, pass through the same centre of similitude of S and S. But these three radical axes meet at the radical centre of A, B, and C.

::. the radical centre of A, B, and C is a centre of similitude of S and S'.

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297°. Problem.--To construct a circle which shall touch three given circles.

In the figure of 296°, let A, B, and C be the three given circles, and let S and S' be two circles which are solutions of the problem.

Let L denote one of the axes of similitude of A, B, and C, and let O be their radical centre. These are given when the circles A, B, and C are given.

Now L is the radical axis of S and S (296°, 1), and O is one of their centres of similitude.

But as A touches S and S' the chord of contact of A passes through the pole of L with respect to A (293). Similarly the chords of contact of B and C pass through the poles of L with respect to B and C respectively. And these chords are concurrent at 0.

(292) Hence the following construction :

Find O the radical centre and L an axis of similitude of A, B, and C. Take the poles of L with respect to each of these circles, and let them be the points p, q, r respectively.

Then Op, 09, Or are the chords of contact for the three given circles, and three points being thus found for each of two touching circles, S and S', these circles are determined.

(This elegant solution of a famous problem is due to M. Gergonne.)

Cor. As each axis of similitude gives different poles with respect to A, B, and C, while there is but one radical centre O, in general each axis of similitude determines two touching circles; and as there are four axes of similitude there are eight circles, in pairs of twos, which touch three given circles.

Putting i and e for internal and external contact with the touching circle, we may classify the eight circles as follows :

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PART V.

ON HARMONIC AND ANHARMONIC RATIOS

HOMOGRAPHY, INVOLUTION, ETC.

SECTION I.

GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS IN REGARD TO

HARMONIC AND ANHARMONIC DIVISION.

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298°. Let C be a point dividing a segment AB. The position of C in relation to A and B is determined by the ratio

AC: BC. For, if we know this ratio, we B

know completely the position of C with respect to A and B. If this ratio is negative, C lies between A and B ;. if positive, C does not lie between A and B. If AC: BC= -1, C is the internal bisector of AB; and if AC:BC=+1, C is the external bisector of AB, i.e., a point at oo in the direction AB or BA.

Let D be a second point dividing AB. The position of D is known when the ratio AD:BD is known.

Def.- If we denote the ratio AC :BC by m, and the ratio AD:BD by n, the two ratios m:n and n:m, which are reciprocals of one another, are called the two anharmonic ratios of the division of the segment AB by the points C and D, or the harmonoids of the range A, B, C, D.

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