aroub
  • aroub
Given a triangle ABC such that B and C are fixed. Point A varies such that segment AB is congruent to segment AC. Find the locus of A. Umm, an angle bisector maybe?
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katieb
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anonymous
  • anonymous
perpendicular bisector of BC
aroub
  • aroub
Aoh -.- I get it now! Because they said that the sides are congruent so they are equidistant so it's perpendicular bisector!! Let me draw it and tell me if it's right or wrong, okay? :)
anonymous
  • anonymous
sure

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klimenkov
  • klimenkov
Sure. You are welcome.
aroub
  • aroub
|dw:1352049851819:dw|
hartnn
  • hartnn
do u know how to solve this algebraically ?
hartnn
  • hartnn
how to get to 'perpendicular bisector of BC'
aroub
  • aroub
Emmm, i don't think so.. like what do you mean? show me? :)
anonymous
  • anonymous
|dw:1352049933632:dw|
aroub
  • aroub
Does it matter?
anonymous
  • anonymous
Yea..the point A can be above BC or below BC according to that figure
aroub
  • aroub
Okay, thank youu!
hartnn
  • hartnn
ok, i choose point B as origin of my co-ordinate axes and point C on x-axis. as they are fixed i can put them wherever i want. now let co-ordinates of A be (x,y) we need a locus in terms of x and y let me draw it. |dw:1352050085145:dw| now AB=AC will give you, using distance formula, \(\huge x^2+y^2=(x-a)^2+y^2\) can u simplify this and tell me what u get ?
anonymous
  • anonymous
welcome :-)
klimenkov
  • klimenkov
|dw:1352050205624:dw|
aroub
  • aroub
Oh, oh! No.. not yet at least. Let me know how to find the locus first :P Thank you though!!
hartnn
  • hartnn
if u simplify that u get x=a/2 which is a line that bisects BC , hence 'bisector' and is perpendicular to BC (as it is vertical line, its perpendicular to x-axis) hence, 'perpendicular' did u get my explanation ?
anonymous
  • anonymous
A small correction @hartnn It is \[x ^{2}+y ^{2} = x ^{2} + (y-a)^{2}\]
anonymous
  • anonymous
Ok got it..that isn't the correction..the correction is B=(a,0)
hartnn
  • hartnn
correction is in diagram! not there |dw:1352050580220:dw|
anonymous
  • anonymous
Ya ya..that's what I was talking about
aroub
  • aroub
Yes I did! So you can get it with solving.. Not by memorizing the conditions or cases. Nice!
hartnn
  • hartnn
always!

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