Prove that $$\frac{[ABC]}{[XYZ]}=\frac{2R}{r}$$ where $[\,\_\,]$ represents area of triangle, $X,Y,Z$ are the points of contact of incircle with sides of triangle $ABC$, $R$ is circumradius, and $r$ is inradius.

The textbook proof is shown below, along with the referenced Theorem 36.

The theorem requires triangles to have equal angle, but in the question I could not find equal angles. Maybe I am wrong?

Here is my textbook proof:

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Incase you are wondering what Theorem 36 is.

Theorem 36: In two triangles $A_1B_1C_1$ and $A_2B_2C_2$ we have $\angle A_1=\angle A_2$. Then their areas are proportional to rectangles contained by the sides containing $\angle A_1$ and $\angle A_2$

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    $\begingroup$ What have you tried? $\endgroup$
    – Calvin Lin
    Commented Mar 26, 2020 at 16:05
  • $\begingroup$ I know that $[ABC]=\frac{abc}{4R}$ and $[XYZ]=\frac{xyz}{4r}$ but what's next it looks even more complicated than original one $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 27, 2020 at 16:28
  • $\begingroup$ Theorem 36 is true not just when $\angle A_1=\angle A_2$, it is also true when $\angle A_1+\angle A_2=180^\circ$. This is the situation here. For example, $\angle YIZ+\angle BAC=180^\circ$. Mick's answer below has a proof of this. Did you read his answer? $\endgroup$ Commented Apr 7, 2020 at 9:20

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In this site, I am not supposed to solve the problem completely for you. I can help you to finish the task by giving you the following hints/formulas. The proofs of them can be found in the internet.

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For $\triangle ABC$,

  1. $AYIX$ is cyclic implies $\angle ABC + \angle XIY = 180^0$.

  2. Trigo identity: $\sin (180^0 – \theta) = \sin \theta$.

  3. The sine law: $a = 2R \sin A$.

  4. The area formula: $[ABC] = \dfrac {1}{2}ab\sin C$.

Then, $[ABC] = … = 2R^2 (\sin A)(\sin B)(\sin C)$.

Also, $[XYZ] = … = 0.5r^2(\sin A + \sin B + \sin C)$

  1. Double angle formula: $\sin (2\theta) = 2 \sin \theta\cos \theta$.

  2. Relation between $r$ and $R$: $r = 4R(\sin \dfrac {A}{2})(\sin\dfrac {B}{2})(\sin\dfrac {C}{2})$.

$[IYZ] = 0.5 (IY)(IZ) \sin \angle YIZ = 0.5 r^2 \sin \angle YIZ$

Similarly, $[ABC]$

$ = 0.5 (AB)(AC) \sin \angle BAC$

$ = 0.5 (AB)(AC) \sin (180^0 - \angle YIZ) $

$= 0.5 (AB)(AC) \sin \angle YIZ$

$ = 0.5bc \sin \angle YIZ$

Then, after cancellation, we have $\dfrac {[IYZ]}{[ABC]} = \dfrac {r^2}{bc} = \dfrac {ar^2}{abc}$

  • $\begingroup$ "In this site, I am not supposed to solve the problem completely for you." Is it a general rule or concerns only you (and possibly OP author)? $\endgroup$
    – user
    Commented Mar 29, 2020 at 14:39
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    $\begingroup$ @user I don't know about your or Mick's takes on that, but there are users who will downvote answers simply because the question doesn't show enough effort. And they downvote the answers regardless of how useful, correct, or well written the answers are. $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 29, 2020 at 16:18
  • $\begingroup$ @user It is not a rule in general but is a common understanding for not just a few. As far as I can remember, I saw comments saying that they don't want this to be a homework doing site. $\endgroup$
    – Mick
    Commented Mar 29, 2020 at 16:30
  • $\begingroup$ @Mick Thanks for your effort.But I want to you to check over the proof given in my textbook and I don't quite understand it.Check my question for edit $\endgroup$ Commented Mar 30, 2020 at 12:21
  • $\begingroup$ @MathematicalCuriosity I have added a picture in the middle and a further explanation at the bottom. The 'equal angles' come from the fact (1) and fact (2) that I have mention in the main text. You are welcome to raise more questions if you have other doubts. $\endgroup$
    – Mick
    Commented Mar 30, 2020 at 13:18

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