## What does it mean to bisect a line segment?

A bisector divides a line into two equal halves. Thus, when we talk about the perpendicular bisector of a line segment AB, it implies: It divides AB into two equal halves or bisects it.

## What can be used to bisect a segment?

This construction shows how to draw the perpendicular bisector of a given line segment with compass and straightedge or ruler. This both bisects the segment (divides it into two equal parts, and is perpendicular to it.

## How do you bisect a line segment with a compass and straightedge?

Line Segment Bisector, Right Angle
1. Place the compass at one end of line segment.
2. Adjust the compass to slightly longer than half the line segment length.
3. Draw arcs above and below the line.
4. Keeping the same compass width, draw arcs from other end of line.
5. Place ruler where the arcs cross, and draw the line segment.

## Is it possible to bisect a line?

To bisect a segment or an angle means to divide it into two congruent parts. A bisector of a line segment will pass through the midpoint of the line segment. A perpendicular bisector of a segment passes through the midpoint of the line segment and is perpendicular to the line segment.

## How do you bisect a 5cm line?

1. Draw a line segment AB = 5 cm.
2. With any radius greater than 2.5 cm, and compass fixed at A, draw 2 arcs, one above and one below AB.
3. With the same radius, compass at B, cut the 2 arcs drawn in step 2.
4. The line joining these two arcs is the perpendicular bisector of AB.