Monday, November 10, 2008

Elearn Geometry Problem 203: Right Triangle, Hypotenuse,Excircles

Right triangle

See complete Problem 203 at:

Right Triangle, Excircles, Exradii, Hypotenuse. Level: High School, SAT Prep, College geometry

Post your solutions or ideas in the comments.


  1. let S be the area of right triangle ABC and p be the semi perimeter then we have Tan A/2=S/p(p-a) but here Angle A=90 so S/p(p-a)= Tan 45 i so S=P(p-a) and so p(p-a)=(p-b)(p-c), and we have rb=S/(p-b)and rc=S/(p-c) so rb+rc=S(2p-b-c)/(p-b)(p-c)=S(a)/(p-b)(p-c)=a HENCE rb+rc=a

  2. Let radius of circle(B) and circle(C) be b & c respectively.

    Let tangent from point B to circle(C) be of length x and also let tangent from point C to circle(B) be of lenght y.

    Now tangents from point C to circle(C) will be equal
    x+a = y+b+c------equation1
    Also tangents from point B to circle(B) will be equal
    b+c+x = a+y ------equation2

    Adding 1 & 2 you get x=y. You put it in any of the above equation you will get a = b+c.

  3. Solution of problem 203.
    Let s be the semiperimeter of ABC.
    From problem 202, rb = s - c, and rc = s – b, so
    rb + rc = 2s – b - c =a + b + c – b –c = a.