Got Homework?
Connect with other students for help. It's a free community.
Here's the question you clicked on:
 0 viewing
How do you do proofs? the teacher showed me but im really stuck :(
 one year ago
 one year ago
How do you do proofs? the teacher showed me but im really stuck :(
 one year ago
 one year ago

This Question is Closed

ParthKohliBest ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.1
Seeing a lot of 'em and doing a lot of thinking. Also, not giving up. That may sound unpractical but it's pretty true  works for me. :)
 one year ago

ladyfreaks760Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Fill in the missing parts of the following proof that if two triangles are similar, then the perimeters are in the same ratios as the corresponding sides. dw:1360778980119:dwIts geometry for tri angles
 one year ago

whpalmer4Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
What do you know about the relative sizes of corresponding sides in similar triangles? And what do you know about the perimeter of a triangle? Here's a hint: think of the distributive property of multiplication: \[a(b+c+d) = ab + ac + ad\]
 one year ago

ladyfreaks760Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
well it says r=a/b=b/e=c/f is def. of proportional (common ratio) Its Proofs and im just so llost :(
 one year ago

whpalmer4Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Don't you mean \[r = \frac ad = \frac be = \frac cf\]?
 one year ago

whpalmer4Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
I'm sure you must :) Take \[r=\frac ad\]What if you already knew the values of \(r\) and \(d\)? Could you find the value of \(a\)? If so, how?
 one year ago

ladyfreaks760Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
sorry my computer is really slow. They dont give out #s just letters because i have 2 prove perimeter of (triangle)ABC is proportional to (triangel)DEF I have to give legit resons in steps like an investigatoon but i dont know wat to write :(
 one year ago

whpalmer4Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
I understand that. If you had numbers, could give find the value of \(a\)? Or could you find the value with just variables, if you were willing to have an answer that contained variables?
 one year ago

ladyfreaks760Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Im sorry im really confused :(
 one year ago

whpalmer4Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Okay, you have an equation relating the lengths of sides a and d, do you not? \[r = \frac ad\] Can you rearrange that to give me the value of \(d\) if you know \(r\) and \(a\)?
 one year ago

whpalmer4Best ResponseYou've already chosen the best response.0
Let's pretend that we know the values of all the sides of the small triangle \((a,b,c)\). We have that statement that \[r=\frac ad = \frac be = \frac cf\]We'll explore just the first part of that expression. \[r = \frac ad\]Multiply both sides by \(d\) and we get \[dr = a\]Divide by \(r\) and we have \[d = \frac ar\]Divide by \(a\) and we have \[\frac da = \frac 1r\] In other words, the ratio of side \(d\) to side \(a\) is \(1/r\). Now let's do that for the other sides, and we get \[e = \frac br\]\[f = \frac cr\] Do you see the pattern? Each of the sides of the sides of the big triangle can be gotten by multiplying the corresponding side of the small triangle by a constant, \(1/r\). Now the perimeter of the small triangle is just the sum of its sides, \((a+b+c)\). What is the perimeter of the big triangle? Again, it is the sum of its sides, \((d + e + f)\). What happens if you write the perimeter of the big triangle using those expressions we got for \(d, e, f\)? \[(\frac ar + \frac br + \frac cr)\]Looks pretty interesting! What if we factor out \(1/r\)? (This is just using the distributive property of multiplication in reverse) \[\frac1r(a+b+c)\]but \((a+b+c)\) is just the perimeter of the small triangle, and that factor of \(1/r\) in front is just the ratio of any side in the small triangle to the corresponding side in the big triangle! So, we've established that if the sides are proportional, the perimeter is proportional as well.
 one year ago
See more questions >>>
Your question is ready. Sign up for free to start getting answers.
spraguer
(Moderator)
5
→ View Detailed Profile
is replying to Can someone tell me what button the professor is hitting...
23
 Teamwork 19 Teammate
 Problem Solving 19 Hero
 Engagement 19 Mad Hatter
 You have blocked this person.
 ✔ You're a fan Checking fan status...
Thanks for being so helpful in mathematics. If you are getting quality help, make sure you spread the word about OpenStudy.