Pappus Theorem: Six Points in Two Lines, Collinear. Level: High School, SAT Prep, College


f six points 1,2,3,4,5, and 6, on two lines are joined as shown, then their points of intersection A, B, and C are collinear.

Hint to interact with the figure below: Click the red button () on the figure to start the animation. Drag points 2,3,4,5,6,B, and C to change the figure. Press P and click the left mouse button to start the step by step construction, help.


See also:
 Pascal's Hexagram Theorem

Dynamic Geometry: You can alter the figure dynamically in order to test and prove (or disproved) conjectures and gain mathematical insight that is less readily available with static drawings by hand.

This page uses the TracenPoche dynamic geometry software and requires Adobe Flash player 7 or higher. TracenPoche is a project of Sesamath, an association of French teachers of mathematics.

Instruction to explore the dynamic figure:

  • Animation. Click the red button to start/stop animation

  • Manipulate. Drag points 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, B, and C to change the figure.

  • Step-by-Step construction. Press P and click the left mouse button on any free area of the figure above to show the step-by-step bar and click 'Next Step' button () to start the construction step-by-step:

    Hide the step-by-step bar by using again the combination P + click left mouse.


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