Geometry Problem

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

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## Sunday, July 8, 2012

### Problem 780: Acute Triangle, Sum of Inradius and Circumradius, Distances from the Orthocenter to the Vertices

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acute,
circumradius,
inradius,
orthocenter,
sum of segments,
triangle

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Let D, E, F are the mid-points of BC, CA, AB respectively.

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1/2*a*OD + 1/2*b*OE + 1/2*c*OF

= Area of triangle ABC

= 1/2*(a+b+c)*r ....... (1)

Also, from OEAF, OFBD, ODCE concyclic, and by Ptolemy theorem,

R*a/2 = OF*b/2 + OE*c/2

R*b/2 = OF*a/2 + OD*c/2

R*c/2 = OE*a/2 + OD*b/2

Summing up,

1/2*(a+b+c)*R

= a/2*(OE+OF) + b/2*(OD+OF) + c/2*(OD+OE) ....... (2)

Now (1)+(2),

1/2*(a+b+c)*(R+r)

= 1/2*(a+b+c)*(OD+OE+OF)

Thus,

OD+OE+OF = R+r

On the other hand,

HA = 2*OD

HB = 2*OE

HC = 2*OF

Hence,

HA + HB + HC = 2*(R+r)

cos A + cos B + cos C = 1 + 4 sin A/2 . sin B/2 . sin C/2

ReplyDelete=> 2R cos A + 2R cos B + 2R cos C = 2R + 2(4R sin A/2 . sin B/2 . sin C/2)

=> HA + HB + HC = 2R + 2r = 2(R + r)

It´s easy to express AH in terms of A, B, b as AH = b*cos(A)/sin(B), from extended Sine Law we can see that a/sin A = b/sin B = c/sin C = 2R, therefore AH = 2R*cos A, we gain BH and CH similarily, we obtain AH+BH+CH = 2R(cos(A)+cos(B)+cos(C)). The immediate consequence of Carnot´s theorem is that cos(A) + cos(B) + cos(C) = 1 + r/R. Using that we obtain the result.

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