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**thedarktiger****Member**- Registered: 2014-01-10
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Let ABCD be a cyclic quadrilateral. Let P be the intersection of \overline{AD} and \overline{BC}, and let Q be the intersection of \overline{AB} and \overline{CD}. Prove that the angle bisectors of \angle DPC and \angle AQD are perpendicular.

I just don't know how to get this one. This problem in one word=aggggggghhhhhh.

would power of a point help?

thanks!

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi;

Hi; I put the image in for you. Also you need to use the math tags for your latex.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi thedarktiger,

This time I'm more confident about what to do. (But I haven't fully tried it yet. )

Call angle APB = x and ABP = y

So DAB = x + y => DCB = 180 - (x + y) => BCQ = x + y

So get an expression in terms of x and y for BQC.

Let the bisectors cross at R, and let RQ cross BC at S

Get an expression in terms of x and y for RPB and RQB, then RSB.

Hence for PRQ.

EDIT: Thought I'd better check it ..... it does work.

Bob

*Last edited by bob bundy (2014-01-28 00:02:42)*

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Hi,

Drew it up in Geogebra, which gave the two bisectors as being perpendicular to each other.

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**thedarktiger****Member**- Registered: 2014-01-10
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wow! thanks! @bob bundy, you are really good at geometry. phrostister and bobym, thanks for the pics!

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**phrontister****Real Member**- From: The Land of Tomorrow
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Here is a little video of post #4, demonstrating the perpendicular property of the two bisectors in various cyclic quadrilateral shapes. Done in Geogebra by randomly dragging the points of the quadrilateral along the curve of the circle.

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**thedarktiger****Member**- Registered: 2014-01-10
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thanks a lot for the video! So I guess they are always perpendicular.

I think there should be some kind of theorem ... maybe the bob-tister-bob theorem of secants.

Maybe I will make a wikipedia page.

*Last edited by thedarktiger (2014-02-02 21:56:00)*

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**championmathgirl****Member**- Registered: 2015-06-01
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@bob bundy, I was wondering how you got angle DCB = 180 - (x + y) => BCQ = x + y.

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**bob bundy****Moderator**- Registered: 2010-06-20
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hi championmathgirl

Welcome to the forum.

There is always one circle that goes through the three points of any triangle. A 4th point may or may not be on this circle too. If it is the quadrilateral is called cyclic. ABCD is such a quadrilateral. All cyclic quadrilaterals have the property that opposite angles add up to 180 degrees. I proved this here:

http://www.mathisfunforum.com/viewtopic.php?id=17799 starting at post 4.

Bob

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