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Title: 5.3 Medians and Altitudes of a Triangle

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5.3 Medians and Altitudes of a Triangle
• Geometry
• Mrs. Spitz
• Fall 2004

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Objectives
• Use properties of medians of a triangle
• Use properties of altitudes of a triangle

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Assignment
• pp. 282-283 1-11, 17-20, 24-26

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Using Medians of a Triangle
• In Lesson 5.2, you studied two types of segments
of a triangle perpendicular bisectors of the
sides and angle bisectors. In this lesson, you
will study two other types of special types of
segments of a triangle medians and altitudes.

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Medians of a triangle
• A median of a triangle is a segments whose
endpoints are a vertex of the triangle and the
midpoint of the opposite side. For instance in
?ABC, shown at the right, D is the midpoint of
side BC. So, AD is a median of the triangle

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Centroids of the Triangle
• The three medians of a triangle are concurrent
(they meet). The point of concurrency is called
the CENTROID OF THE TRIANGLE. The centroid,
labeled P in the diagrams in the next few slides
are ALWAYS inside the triangle.

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CENTROIDS -
ALWAYS INSIDE THE TRIANGLE
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Medians
• The medians of a triangle have a special
concurrency property as described in Theorem 5.7.
Exercises 13-16 ask you to use paper folding to
demonstrate the relationships in this theorem.

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THEOREM 5.7 Concurrency of Medians of a Triangle
• The medians of a triangle intersect at a point
that is two thirds of the distance from each
vertex to the midpoint of the opposite side.
• If P is the centroid of ?ABC, then
• BP 2/3 BF, and
• CP 2/3 CE

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So what?
• The centroid of a triangle can be used as its
balancing point. Lets try it. Ive handed out
triangle to each and every one of you. Construct
the medians of the triangles in order to great
the centroid in the middle. Then use your pencil
to balance your triangle. If it doesnt balance,
you didnt construct it correctly.

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Ex. 1 Using the Centroid of a Triangle
• P is the centroid of ?QRS shown below and PT 5.
Find RT and RP.

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Ex. 1 Using the Centroid of a Triangle
• Because P is the centroid. RP 2/3 RT.
• Then PT RT RP 1/3 RT. Substituting 5 for
PT, 5 1/3 RT, so
• RT 15.
• Then RP 2/3 RT
• 2/3 (15) 10
• ? So, RP 10, and RT 15.

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Ex. 2 Finding the Centroid of a Triangle
• Find the coordinates of the centroid of ?JKL
• You know that the centroid is two thirds of the
distance from each vertex to the midpoint of the
opposite side.
• Choose the median KN. Find the coordinates of N,
the midpoint of JL.

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Ex. 2 Finding the Centroid of a Triangle
• The coordinates of N are
• 37 , 610 10 , 16
• 2 2 2 2
• Or (5, 8)
• Find the distance from vertex K to midpoint N.
The distance from K(5, 2) to N (5, 8) is 8-2 or 6
units.

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Ex. 2 Finding the Centroid of a Triangle
• Determine the coordinates of the centroid, which
is 2/3 6 or 4 units up from vertex K along
median KN.
• ?The coordinates of centroid P are (5, 24), or
(5, 6).

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Distance Formula
• Ive told you before. The distance formula isnt
going to disappear any time soon. Exercises
21-23 ask you to use the Distance Formula to
confirm that the distance from vertex J to the
centroid P in Example 2 is two thirds of the
distance from J to M, the midpoing of the
opposite side.

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Objective 2 Using altitudes of a triangle
• An altitude of a triangle is the perpendicular
segment from the vertex to the opposite side or
to the line that contains the opposite side. An
altitude can lie inside, on, or outside the
triangle. Every triangle has 3 altitudes. The
lines containing the altitudes are concurrent and
intersect at a point called the orthocenter of
the triangle.

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Ex. 3 Drawing Altitudes and Orthocenters
• Where is the orthocenter located in each type of
triangle?
• Acute triangle
• Right triangle
• Obtuse triangle

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Acute Triangle - Orthocenter
?ABC is an acute triangle. The three altitudes
intersect at G, a point INSIDE the triangle.
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Right Triangle - Orthocenter
?KLM is a right triangle. The two legs, LM and
KM, are also altitudes. They intersect at the
triangles right angle. This implies that the
ortho center is ON the triangle at M, the vertex
of the right angle of the triangle.
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Obtuse Triangle - Orthocenter
?YPR is an obtuse triangle. The three lines that
contain the altitudes intersect at W, a point
that is OUTSIDE the triangle.
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Theorem 5.8 Concurrency of Altitudes of a triangle
• The lines containing the altitudes of a triangle
are concurrent.
• If AE, BF, and CD are altitudes of ?ABC, then the
lines AE, BF, and CD intersect at some point H.

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FYI --
• Exercises 24-26 ask you to use construction to
verify Theorem 5.8. A proof appears on pg. 838
for your edification . . .