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Finding an angle within an 80-80-20 isosceles triangle

The following is a geometry puzzle from a math school book. Even though it has been a long time since I finished school, I remember this puzzle quite well, and I don't have a nice solution to it. So ...
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The minimum perimeter and maximum height of a triangle under constraints

I'm developing a web application that consists of a calculator triangles. Although I am not a mathematician, with paper, derive and Geogebra I managed to get a lot of formulas to calculate a triangle ...
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Why is the inradius of any triangle at most half its circumradius?

Is there any geometrically simple reason why the inradius of a triangle should be at most half its circumradius? I end up wanting the fact for this answer. I know of two proofs of this fact. Proof ...
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Is there any equation for triangle?

Like there's an equation of a circle, is there any equation of a triangle? I've been trying to build one and the closest thing I've managed to do is to create an equation of 2 lines and use the $x$ ...
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What is so special about triangles?!

Take any random triangle. If we draw internal-angle-bisectors of all its angles, they intersect at the same point. If we draw the perpendicular bisectors of each side (although they aren't ...
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How to find the third coordinate of a right triangle given 2 coordinates and lengths of each side

p2 |\ |b\ | \ A| \C | \ |c___a\ p1 B p3 If given point p1 & p2, side A & B how would you find point p3? I know given this information you ...
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Vector path length of a hypotenuse

Consider the red path from A that zigzags to B, which takes $n$ even steps of length $w$. The path length of the route $P_n$ will be equal to: $ P_n = P_x + P_y = \frac{n}{2}\times w + ...
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What's a proof that the angles of a triangle add up to 180°?

Back in grade school, I had a solution involving "folding the triangle" into a rectangle half the area, and seeing that all the angles met at a point. However, now that I'm in university, I'm not ...
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Equilateral triangle geometric problem

I have an Equilateral triangle with unknown side $a$. The next thing I do is to make a random point inside the triangle $P$. The distance $|AP|=3$ cm, $|BP|=4$ cm, $|CP|=5$ cm. It is the red ...
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probability of three random points inside a circle forming a right angle triangle

three points are randomly chosen on a circle. what the probability that 1.triangle formed is right angled triangle. 2.triangle formed is acute angled triangle. 3.triangle formed is obtuse angled ...
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Do two right triangles with the same long hypotenuse have the same area?

I watched computer monitors and I asked myself, do two monitors with the same display diagonal have the same display area? I managed to find out that the answer is yes, if two right triangles with ...
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Maximum value of $\sin A+\sin B+\sin C$?

What is the maximum value of $\sin A+\sin B+\sin C$ in a triangle $ABC$. My book says its $3\sqrt3/2$ but I have no idea how to prove it. Can anyone help? :)
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How to determine the equation and length of this curve consistently formed by the intersection of Circles

Consider a Point $A$ that moves linearly on the positive $x$-axis with the velocity $1$ m/s and another Point $B$ at a distance $L$ from $A$ with position $(L,0)$. With each forward motion of point ...
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Sum of Angles in a Triangle.

Can anyone please explain how to form a better idea in understanding sum of measures of angles in a triangle is $180^\circ$ ?
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Probability distribution for the perimeter and area of triangle with fixed circumscribed radius

Given a circle with radius R = 1, I'm trying to find either the probability distribution function or the density function for the space of triangle, which is randomly selected on this circle. The same ...
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equality of triangle inequality

$z$ and $w$ be nonzero complex numbers. How do I show that $|z+w|=|z|+|w|$ if and only if $z=sw$ for some real positive number $s$. I approached this by letting $z=a+ib$, and $w=c+id$, and kinda ...
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Determine if projection of 3D point onto plane is within a triangle

In 3D, given three points $P_1$, $P_2$, and $P_3$ spanning a non-degenerate triangle $T$. How to determine if the projection of a point $P$ onto the plane of $T$ lies within $T$?
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Solving Triangles (finding missing sides/angles given 3 sides/angles)

What is a general procedure for "solving" a triangle—that is, for finding the unknown side lengths and angle measures given three side lengths and/or angle measures?
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Finding out the area of a triangle if the coordinates of the three vertices are given

What is the simplest way to find out the area of a triangle if the coordinates of the three vertices are given in $x$-$y$ plane? One approach is to find the length of each side from the coordinates ...
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The position of a ladder leaning against a wall and touching a box under it

I was reading a newspaper and there was a little math riddle, I thought "how funny, that's gonna be easy, let's do it" and here am I... The problem goes as follow : in a barn, there is a 1 meter ...
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In triangle, $\sin\frac{A}{2}+\sin \frac{B}{2}+\sin\frac{C}{2} -1 = 4\sin \frac{\pi -A}{4}\sin\frac{\pi -B}{4} \sin\frac{\pi-C}{4}$

To prove $$\sin\frac{A}{2}+\sin \frac{B}{2}+\sin\frac{C}{2} -1 = 4\sin \frac{\pi -A}{4}\sin\frac{\pi -B}{4} \sin\frac{\pi-C}{4}$$ My approach : $$ \begin{align} \text{L.H.S.} & = ...
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The concurrence of angle bisector, median, and altitude in an acute triangle

$ABC$ is an acute triangle. The angle bisector $AD$, the median $BE$ and the altitude $CF$ are concurrent. Prove that angle $A$ is more than $45$ degrees. Here $D,E,F$ are points on $BC,CA,AB$ ...
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Proving that $|CA|+|CB|=2|AB|$ in a general $ABC$ triangle

How in this situation (presented in image) can I prove that $|CA|+|CB|=2|AB|$?
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Prove that $\|a\|+\|b\| + \|c\| + \|a+b+c\| \geq \|a+b\| + \|b+c\| + \|c +a\|$ in the plane.

Prove that $\|a\| + \|b\| + \|c\| + \|a+b+c\| \geq \|a+b\| + \|b+c\| + \|c +a\|$ in the plane. Gentle hints only, please! I know that attempting to decompose R.H.S. into $$\alpha a + \beta b + ...
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Recurrence relation for right-angled triangles stuck-together

Given the image: and that $x_0 = 1, y_0=0$ and $\text{angles} \space θ_i , i = 1, 2, 3, · · ·$ can be arbitrarily picked. How can I derive a recurrence relationship for $x_{n+1}$ and $x_n$? I ...
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Right triangle where the perimeter = area*k

I was doodling on some piece of paper a problem that sprung into my mind. After a few minutes of resultless tries, I advanced to try to solve the problem using computer based means. The problem ...
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Proof for SSS Congruence?

I'm hoping that someone can provide a method for deducing the commonly known SSS congruence postulate? The postulate states If the three sides of one triangle are pair-wise congruent to the three ...
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Heronian triangle Generator

I'm trouble shooting my code I wrote to generate all Heronian Triangles (triangle with integer sides and integer area). I'm using the following algorithm $$a=n(m^{2}+k^{2})$$ $$b=m(n^{2}+k^{2})$$ ...
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Calculating circle radius from two points on circumference (for game movement)

I'm designing a game where objects have to move along a series of waypoints. The object has a speed and a maximum turn rate. When moving between points p1 and p2 it will move in a circular curve ...
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Drawing a Right Triangle With Legs Not Parallel to x/y Axes?

I have been presented with an interesting problem. How can I decide whether a right triangle with given side lengths can be placed (with integer coordinate vertices) on a Cartesian plane so that the ...
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How to prove that triangle inscribed in another triangle (were both have one shared side) have lower perimeter?

This question looks really simple, but to my (and my co-workers) frustration we were not able to prove this in any way. I tried all triangle formulas known to me but I feel I'm missing the point, and ...
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calculating the Fermat point of a triangle

Is there any algorithm by which one can calculate the fermat's point for a set of 3 points in a triangle? a fermat's point is such a point that the sum of distances of the vertices of the triangle to ...
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When is $Ar(APD)=Ar(ABCD)$?

This question arose while I was answering this question, (we need to show $Ar(\Delta APD)=Ar(ABCD)$). First the original question: $ABCD$ is a quadrilateral. A line through $D$ parallel to $AC$ meets ...
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How many triangles can be created from a grid of certain dimensions?

How would you determine how many non-degenerate triangles can be drawn by connecting points in a $5 \times 5$ grid?
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Related rates: Find dA/dt of triangle, given d(theta)/dt — Can't come to textbook answer

The question: ABC is a triangle in which the lines $\overline {AB} = 20cm$, $\overline {AC} = 32cm$ and $\angle BAC = \theta$. If $\theta$ is increasing at the rate of 2° per minute, determine the ...
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Find the length of a leg of a right triangle, given the area and the length of the other leg

The length of one leg of a right triangle is $(x - 6)$ centimeters, and the area is $(\frac12 x^2 - 7x + 24)$ square centimeters. What is the length of the other leg? I think the equation that I need ...
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Linear algebra - find all possible positions of the third corner?

An equilateral triangle lies in the plane $x + y - z = 1$ and corners in points $(1, 1, 1)$ and $(2, 1, 2)$. Determine all possible positions of the third corner?
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Can Three Equilateral Triangles with Sidelength $s$ Cover A Unit Square?

A previous question on the site asked for a short proof of the fact that three equilateral triangles with unit side length cannot be arranged to cover a square with unit side lengths. Given the truth ...
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How many triangles are there?

The question is how many triangles are there in the following picture? I have thought to solve it by creating a formula based on the angles of the lines starting from the bottom of each side. I ...
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The Ellipse Problem - finding an ellipse inside a triangle

The problem statement is as follows: A triangle is dissected into six smaller triangles by its angle bisectors. Prove that the intersections of the angle bisectors of each of these smaller triangles ...
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Is ABC an equilateral triangle

In the figure, AD=BE=CF. Moreover, DEF is an equilateral triangle. Must ABC be equilateral?
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Proving Stewart's theorem without trig

Stewart's theorem states that in the triangle shown below, $$ b^2 m + c^2 n = a (d^2 + mn). $$ Is there any good way to prove this without using any trigonometry? Every proof I can find uses the ...
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The inequality $\frac{MA}{BC}+\frac{MB}{CA}+\frac{MC}{AB}\geq \sqrt{3}$

Given a triangle $ABC$, and $M$ is an interior point. Prove that: $\dfrac{MA}{BC}+\dfrac{MB}{CA}+\dfrac{MC}{AB}\geq \sqrt{3}$. When does equality hold?
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Is there a name for the recursive incenter of the contact triangle?

Recently, I became aware that there are many more triangle centers than the four I learned about in school. This reminded me of a thought I had when I first learned about the incenter: what point ...
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A geometric inequality, proving $8r+2R\le AM_1+BM_2+CM_3\le 6R$

Here, $AM_1$ is the angle bisector of $\angle A$ extended to the circumcircle and so on. $R$ is the circumradius and $r$ is the inradius, respectively. I have to prove that: $$8r+2R\le ...
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Find an angle in a given triangle

$\triangle ABC$ has sides $AC = BC$ and $\angle ACB = 96^\circ$. $D$ is a point in $\triangle ABC$ such that $\angle DAB = 18^\circ$ and $\angle DBA = 30^\circ$. What is the measure (in degrees) of ...
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probablity of random pick up three points inside a regular triangle which form a triangle and contain the center

what is the probablity of random pick up three points inside a regular triangle which form a triangle and contain the center of the regualr triangle the three points are randomly picked within the ...
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Under what conditions will the rectangle of the Japanese theorem be a square?

In geometry, the Japanese theorem for cyclic quadrilaterals states that the centers of the incircles of certain triangles inside a cyclic quadrilateral are vertices of a rectangle. Question. Under ...
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Maximum area of a square in a triangle

I want to calculate the area of the largest square which can be inscribed in a triangle of sides a, b, c. The "square" which I will refer to, from now on, has all its four vertices on the sides of the ...
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Equilateral triangle inscribed in a triangle

Consider triangle ABC. Point D is on AC, E is on BC and F is on AB. Given that triangle DEF is equilateral and that segments CD, BE and AF are equal in length, prove that triangle ABC must also be ...