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V.I. Arnold says Russian students can't solve this problem, but American students can — why?

In a book of word problems by V.I Arnold, the following appears: The hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle (in a standard American examination) is 10 inches, the altitude dropped onto it ...
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What is the probability that a point chosen randomly from inside an equilateral triangle is closer to the center than to any of the edges?

My friend gave me this puzzle: What is the probability that a point chosen at random from the interior of an equilateral triangle is closer to the center than any of its edges? I tried to ...
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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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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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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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I think I see mysterious lines inside triangles—how to prove their existence?

Lately I've been fooling around with points inside a triangle and the sum of their distances from all sides. This was when I noticed a weird behaviour: For each point I chose there always seemed to ...
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Two circles inside a right angled triangle!

The other day I was playing with Ms Paint drawing circles here and there - I coincidentally drew a circle inside a right angled triangle which I already drew. Strangely A problem struck to my mind ...
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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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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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In a right triangle, can $a+b=c?$

I understand that due to the Pythagorean Theorem, $a^2+b^2=c^2$, given that $a$ and $b$ are legs of a right triangle and $c$ is the hypotenuse of the same right triangle. However, most of the time, ...
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A triangle determinant that is always zero

How do we prove, without actually expanding, that $$\begin{vmatrix} \sin {2A}& \sin {C}& \sin {B}\\ \sin{C}& \sin{2B}& \sin {A}\\ \sin{B}& \sin{A}& \sin{2C} \end{vmatrix}=0$$ ...
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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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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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Are there prime lengths in triangle with all integer sides and heights?

Suppose you have a triangle in which all sides and all heights are integer in length (i.e. triangle with sides 20, 25, 15 has heights 15, 12 and 20). Could it be that at least one of those numbers is ...
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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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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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Can one deduce whether a given quantity is possible as the area of a triangle when supplied with the length of two of its sides?

Recently I have found a question like following: In triangle $ABC$, $AB=AC=2$. Which of the following could be the area of triangle $ABC$? Indicate all possible areas: [A] $0.5$ [B] $1.0$ ...
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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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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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The Notorious Triangle Problem

I was told this question by a friend, who said that their friend had thought about it on and off for six months without any luck. I have then had it for a while without any luck either. It is in the ...
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Do there exist an infinite number of 'rational' points in the equilateral triangle $ABC$?

Let's call a point $P$ which satisfies the following condition 'a rational point'. Condition: Each distance $PA, PB, PC$ from a point $P$ to three vertices $A, B, C$ of an equilateral triangle $ABC$ ...
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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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Tricky Triangle Area Problem

This was from a recent math competition that I was in. So, a triangle has sides $2$ , $5$, and $\sqrt{33}$. How can I derive the area? I can't use a calculator, and (the form of) Heron's formula (that ...
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how to calculate area of 3D triangle?

I have coordinates of 3d triangle and I need to calculate its area. I know how to do it in 2D, but don't know how to calculate area in 3d. I have developed data as follows. ...
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Does a triangle always have a point where each side subtends equal 120° angles?

Is there a point $O$ inside a triangle $\triangle ABC$ (any triangle) such that the angle $\angle{AOB} = \angle{BOC} = \angle{AOC}$? What do we call this point?
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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 surface normal of a triangle

If I have a triangle with $3$ points $P_1, P_2,$ and $P_3$, each with $x, y,$ and $z$ coordinates, how do I find the surface normal $N$ in $x, y,$ and $z$ such that $$N_x+N_y+N_z = 1$$ I'm looking ...
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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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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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Wanted : for more formulas to find the area of a triangle?

I know some formulas to find a triangle's area, like the ones below. Is there any reference containing most triangle area formulas? If you know more, please add them as an answer ...
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A curious triangle inequality

Let $ABC$ be a triangle. Pick a point $P$ inside the triangle. How would you show that \begin{equation} |PA|+|PB|+|PC|+\min\{|PA|,|PB|,|PC|\}\leq |AB|+|BC|+|CA|. \end{equation}
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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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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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Maximum area of a triangle

I have been attempting to solve the problem here which is: Given three concentric circles of radii 1, 2, and 3, respectively, find the maximum area of a triangle that has one vertex on each of ...
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A Math Olympiad question regarding Geometry

A little bit of a backstory (you may skip this if you want): My high school math teacher knows that I love math, but he also knows that I usually drift off during my classes, perhaps because it's too ...
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For which $n$ are there primitive Pythagorean triples with legs of lengths $a$ and $a+n$?

For which n can $a^{2}+(a+n)^{2}=c^{2}$ be solved, where $a,b,c,n$ are positive integers? I have found solutions for $n=1,7,17,23,31,41,47,79,89$ and for multiples of $7,17,23$... Are there ...
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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 ...
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How to prove $\Delta DEF$ is an equilateral triangle?

$\Delta ABC$ is an equilateral triangle and $AD = BE = CF$. Prove that $\Delta DEF$ is an equilateral triangle.
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Integer Triangle Radicals conjecture

An integer sided triangle has an area $A$. Heronian triangle areas have no radical, or radical 1. Otherwise, $4 A$ will always be of the form $a\sqrt{r}$, where $r$ is the squarefree radical of the ...
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In a 30-60 right triangle the side opposite the 30 degree angle is half the length of the hypotenuse. Why? [closed]

In a 30-60 right triangle the side opposite the 30 degree angle is half the length of the hypotenuse. A statement from the trigonometry section of Simmons' Precalculus in a nutshell. Please ...
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Can area be irrational?

I'm stuck in a question of my book which says: If in an equilateral triangle the coordinates of two vertices are integral then what can we say about the coordinates of the third? The answer is that ...
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Prove that $\angle FGH = \angle GDJ$

Let $FGH$ be a triangle with circumcircle $A$ and incircle $B$, the latter with touchpoint $J$ in side $GH$. Let $C$ be a circle tangent to sides $FG$ and $FH$ and to $A$, and let $D$ be the 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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Eritrea's Theorem

According to this newspaper, an Eritrean high school student named Saied Mohammed Ali has discovered a new geometric theorem. Another source seems to say that it's the following: Say you have a ...
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Sangaku: Show line segment is perpendicular to diameter of container circle

"From a 1803 Sangaku found in Gumma Prefecture. The base of an isosceles triangle sits on a diameter of the large circle. This diameter also bisects the circle on the left, which is inscribed so that ...
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Number of ways to dissect a square into triangles of equal area

Monsky's theorem states that it is impossible to dissect a square into an odd number of triangles of equal area. If $n$ is an even integer, I am interested in the number of ways of dissecting a ...
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Prove that $\tan A + \tan B + \tan C = \tan A\tan B\tan C,$ $A+B+C = 180^\circ$

I want to prove \begin{equation*} \tan A + \tan B + \tan C = \tan A\tan B\tan C \quad\text{when } A+B+C = 180^\circ \end{equation*} We know that \begin{equation*} \tan(A+B) = \frac{\tan A+\tan ...
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How to find triangle vertices given midpoints?

I have a task to find vertices if midpoints are given: $M1(2;1)$, $M2(5;3)$, $M3(3;-4)$. I know one way to solve it through making a system of equations with three variables. My teacher says there is ...
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Is there a value for $\pi$ that relates to triangles?

So I heard that if one inscribes the largest circle that can fit into a equilateral triangle, then divides the perimeter of the triangle by the diameter of the inscribed circle, it gives a value which ...
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Finding the largest triangle inscribed in the unit circle

Among all triangles inscribed in the unit circle, how can the one with the largest area be found?