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#1 2013-04-12 14:12:30

Agnishom
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Arcs and Chords

In ΔABC, the perpendicular from vertices A and B on their opposite sides meet (when produced) the circumcircle of the triangle at points D and E respectively.
Prove that arc CD = arc CE

Somebody, please help me with this proof.
Note: You are not allowed to use trigonometry


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#2 2013-04-12 17:57:20

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Re: Arcs and Chords

Hi Agnishom

For arc CD = arc CE you want angle DAC = angle CBE

See diagram.  Where the altitudes meet the sides I've named those points F and G

So what can you say about triangles AFC and BGC  ?

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#3 2013-04-12 22:37:38

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Re: Arcs and Chords

They have one common angle and one right angle so the other angle must be the same.

thanks but I need a way to say that if angle angle DAC = angle CBE, then CD = CE


'And fun? If maths is fun, then getting a tooth extraction is fun. A viral infection is fun. Rabies shots are fun.'
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#4 2013-04-12 22:54:39

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Re: Arcs and Chords

Let O be the point at the centre of the circle.

angle DOC = 2 x angle DAC (angle properties of a circle)

similarly angle COE = 2 x angle CBE

OD = OC = OE = radius

So triangles DOC and COE are congruent => straight line DC = straight line CE => arc DC = arc CE

Bob


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#5 2013-04-13 02:50:57

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Okay Got it Thanks!


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