# draw a line segment of lenght 7.6 cm and divide it in the ratio 5:8 measure the two parts. and give justification also

A line segment of length 7.6 cm can be divided in the ratio of 5:8 as follows.
Step 1 Draw line segment AB of 7.6 cm and draw a ray AX making an acute angle with line segment AB.
Step 2 Locate 13 (= 5 + 8) points, A1, A2, A3, A…….. A13, on AX such that AA1 = A1A= A2A3 and so on.
Step 3 Join BA13.
Step 4 Through the point A5, draw a line parallel to BA13 (by making an angle equal to ∠AA13B) at A5 intersecting AB at point C.
C is the point dividing line segment AB of 7.6 cm in the required ratio of 5:8.
The lengths of AC and CB can be measured. It comes out to 2.9 cm and 4.7 cm respectively.

Justification
The construction can be justified by proving that

By construction, we have A5C || A13B. By applying Basic proportionality theorem for the triangle AA13B, we obtain
… (1)
From the figure, it can be observed that AA5 and A5A13 contain 5 and 8 equal divisions of line segments respectively.
… (2)
On comparing equations (1) and (2), we obtain

This justifies the construction.

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