Geometry Problem

Level: Mathematics Education, High School, Honors Geometry, College.

This entry contributed by Ajit Athle.

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## Thursday, June 7, 2012

### Problem 761: Scalene Triangle, 60 degrees, Euler Line, Equilateral Triangle

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60 degrees,
equilateral,
Euler line,
scalene,
triangle

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ReplyDeleteDraw additional lines per attached sketch

Note that ∆ABN is equilateral and BG/BM=BQ/BS= 2/3 => QG⊥BQ

And HG=2.GO and HQ=2.QR …. (Property of Euler line)

OR=RQ. √3=1/3 . HR. √3

So tan(x)= OR/HR= 1/√3 => x=30

And triangle ADE is equilateral

Let X and Y be the midpoints of AC, AB

ReplyDeleteLet L, M be the feet of the altitudes from B, C

1/2 = cos 60° = AL/AB = AL/c. So AL = c/2 = AY

1/2 = cos 60° = AM/AC = AM/b. So AM = b/2 = AX

Follows LX = AX - AL = (b - c)/2 ; MY = AM - AY = (b - c)/2

So LX = MY = d say

Next ∆ACM is right angled at M and ∠ACM = 30°

(i.e.)∠LCH = 30°

So 1/2 = sin 30° = HL/CH, HL = CH/2 = OY by a well known property

Similar to HL = OY, we have HM = OX

For convenience denote OX = x, OY = y

Next HL ∥ OX implies LE/XE = HL/OX = y/x, 1 + LX/XE = y/x,

LX/XE = (y - x)/x,

(y - x).XE = x. LX = x.d

Similarly

HM ∥ OY implies DY/DM = OY/HM = y/x, 1 + MY/DM = y/x,

MY/DM = (y - x)/x,

(y - x).DM = x. MY = x.d

Thus XE = DM

Hence finally,

AD = AM + MD = b/2 + MD = AX + XE = AE and so ∆ADE is equilateral

(minor typos, if any may be excepted)