December 21st, 2010, 05:49 PM  #1 
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How do we draw a straight line??

December 21st, 2010, 07:34 PM  #2 
Global Moderator Joined: Oct 2008 From: London, Ontario, Canada  The Forest City Posts: 7,787 Thanks: 1036 Math Focus: Elementary mathematics and beyond  Re: straight line
To what degree of precision?

December 21st, 2010, 09:59 PM  #3 
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I'm pretty fond of rulers myself, though I often use the straight side of a protractor because it makes me look smarter. My father was really levelheaded, and for big lines we would trace the outline of his head. What, exactly, are you looking for? 
December 22nd, 2010, 03:15 AM  #4 
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December 23rd, 2010, 07:43 AM  #6 
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Use a slide rule and you'll look even smarter.

December 23rd, 2010, 08:47 AM  #7 
Global Moderator Joined: Oct 2008 From: London, Ontario, Canada  The Forest City Posts: 7,787 Thanks: 1036 Math Focus: Elementary mathematics and beyond  Re: straight line
Produce a 1dimensional object in and you'll look like a (trivial) genius!

December 23rd, 2010, 07:15 PM  #8 
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Perhaps we should assume the Greek's magical straightedge, which can draw a perfectly straight line between any two points no matter how far.


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