This page describes workarounds for specific features that are available in The Geometer's Sketchpad but are not directly available in JavaSketchpad (JSP). For some of the workarounds, we provide a Sketchpad document containing tools that implement the workaround. You may need to configure your Web browser to download Sketchpad documents correctly.
JSP DR5 does not support arcs, arc sectors, arc segments, or arc angle measurements directly. You can create arcs by constructing appropriate loci and calculate arc angle and arc length measurements using techniques that rely on angle measurements. The workaround sketch contains the custom tools listed below.
- Arc on Circle (select the circle and two points)
- Arc on Circle (select the center and two points)
- Arc through 3 Points (select the three points)
Measuring Arc Angles:
- Arc Angle (select a circle and two points)
- Arc Angle (select a circle and three points)
- Arc Angle (select the three points that define the arc, as in the Arc through 3 Points construction)
Measuring Arc Length:
- Arc Length (select a circle and two points)
- Arc Length (select a circle and three points)
- Arc Length (select the three points that define the arc, as in the Arc through 3 Points construction)
- Angle 2pi (select three points to measure the angle in both radians and degrees)
- Convert to Degrees (select an angle measurement in radians to convert it to degrees)
- Download: JSP Workarounds sketch
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