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11. If in a diagonal of a parallelogram any two points equidistant from its extremities are joined to the opposite angles, the figure thus formed will be also a parallelogram.
12. ABC is a given equilateral triangle, and in the sides BC, CA, AB the points X, Y, Z are taken respectively, so that BX, CY and AŹ are all equal. AX, BY, CZ are now drawn, intersecting in P, Q, R : shew that the triangle PQR is equilateral.
13. If in the sides AB, BC, CD, DA of a parallelogram ABCD four points P, Q, R, S are taken in order, one in each side, so that AP, BQ, CR, DS are all equal; shew that the figure PQRS is a parallelogram.
14. In the figure of 1. 1, if the circles intersect at F, and if CA and CB are produced to meet the circles in P and Q respectively ; shew that the points P, F, Q are in the same straight line; and shew also that the triangle CPQ is equilateral. [Problems marked (*) admit in general of more than one solution.]
15. Through two given points draw two straight lines forming with a straight line given in position, an equilateral triangle.
*16. From a given point it is required to draw to two parallel straight lines two equal straight lines at right angles to one another.
*17. Three given straight lines meet at a point; draw another straight line so that the two portions of it intercepted between the given lines may be equal to one another.
18. From a given point draw three straight lines of given lengths, so that their extremities may be in the same straight line, and intercept equal distances on that line.
[See Fig. to I. 16.) 19. Use the properties of the equilateral triangle to trisect a given finite straight line.
20. In a given triangle inscribe a rhombus, having one of its angles coinciding with an angle of the triangle.
ON THE CONCURRENCE OF STRAIGHT LINES IN A
DEFINITIONS. (i) Three or more straight lines are said to be concurrent when they meet in one point.
(ii) Three or more points are said to be collinear when they lie upon one straight line.
Obs. We here give some propositions relating to the concurrence of certain groups of straight lines drawn in a triangle : the importance of these theorems will be more fully appreciated when the student is familiar with Books III. and iv.
1. The perpendiculars drawn to the sides of a triangle from their middle points are concurrent.
Let ABC be a A, and X, Y, Z the middle points of its sides.
Then shall the perps drawn to the sides from X, Y, Z be concurrent.
From Z and Y draw perps to AB, AC; these perps, since they cannot be parallel, will meet at some point 0.
It is required to prove that OX is perp. to BC.
Join OA, OB, OC.
and OY is common to both;
Proved. : the L OXB=the L OXC;
I. 8. but these are adjacent LS ; :: they are rt. 28 ;
Def. 10. that is, OX is perp. to BC. Hence the three perps OX, OY, OZ meet at the point O.
Q.E.D. 2. The bisectors of the angles of a triangle are concurrent.
Let ABC be a A. Bisect the _s ABC, BCA, by sti aight lines which must meet at some point O.
and OB is common; ; OP=OR.
1. 26 the _s ORA, OQA are rt. Z®, Because and the hypotenuse OA is common, also OR=OQ;
Similarly from the As OCP, OCQ, it may be shewn that OP=OQ, :: OP, OQ, OR are all equal. Again in the A: ORA, OQA,
the LS ORA, OQA are rt. 28, Because
and the hypotenuse OA is
That is, AO is the bisector of the L BAC.
3. The bisectors of two exterior angles of a triangle and the bisector of the third angle are concurrent.
Let ABC be a A, of which the sides AB, AC are produced to any points D and E.
Then shall the bisectors of the 48 DBC, ECB, BAC be concurrent.
Bisect the Ls DBC, ECB by straight lines which must meet at some point O. Ax. 12.
С It is required to prove that AO bisects the
R angle BAC.
From O draw OP, OQ, OR perp. to the sides of the A.
E Then in the As OBP, OBR, the L OBP=the L OBR,
Constr. Because also the L OPB=the L ORB, being rt. 28,
and OB is common ;
Proved. .. the L RAO=the L QAO. Ex. 12, p. 99. That is, AO is the bisector of the L BAC. :: the bisectors of the two exterior _8 DBC, ECB, and of the interior - BAC meet at the point O.
4. The medians of a triangle are concurrent.
Let ABC be a A.
let them intersect at O.
and produce it to meet BC in X.
K In the A AKC, because Y is the middle point of AC, and YO is parallel to CK,
:: O is the middle point of AK. Ex. 1, p. 104.
Again in the A ABK,
:. ZO is parallel to BK, Ex. 2, p. 104. that is, OC is parallel to BK:
the figure BKCO is a parm. But the diagonals of a parın bisect one another, Ex. 5, p. 70.
.:. X is the middle point of BC.
That is, AX is a median of the A.
Q. E. D.
COROLLARY. The three medians of a triangle cut one another at a point of trisection, the greater segment in each being towards the angular point. For in the above figure it has been proved that
:: OX is half of OA:
By means of this Corollary it may be shewn that in any triangle the shorter median bisects the greater side.
[The point of intersection of the three medians of a triangle is called the centroid. It is shewn in Mechanics that a thin triangular plate will balance in any position about this point: therefore the centroid of a triangle is also its centre of gravity.)
5. The perpendiculars drawn from the vertices of a triangle to the opposite sides are concurrent.
Let ABC be a A, and AD, BE, CF the three perps drawn from the vertices to the opposite sides.
Then shall the perps AD, BE, CF be concurrent. Through A, B, and C draw straight lines MN, NL, LM parallel to the opposite sides of the A. Then the figure BAMC is a parm.
Def. 36. .: AB=MC.
I. 34. Also the figure BACL is a parm.
LC=CM : that is, C is the middle point of LM. So also A and B are the middle points of MN and NL. Hence AD, BE, CF are the perps to the sides of the A LMN from their middle points.
Ex. 3, p. 60. But these perps meet in a point: Ex. 1, p. 111. that is, the perpå drawn from the vertices of the A ABC to the opposite sides meet in a point.
Q.E.D. [For another proof see Theorems and Examples on Book II.)
(i) The intersection of the perpendiculars drawn from the vertices of a triangle to the opposite sides is called its orthocentre.
(ii) The triangle formed by joining the feet of the perpendiculars is called the pedal triangle.