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 Line Length from Two Triangles (Posted on 2016-07-01)
Consider two triangles PQG and PEF, where:
E is the mid-point of PQ, and:
Points P, G and F lie on the same line, and:
QG and EF intersect at the point R
RE = 1 and, PR = PE = FG

Given that PG = x, determine PQ in terms of x.

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 Solution | Comment 3 of 4 |

Since E divides PQ internally and FG = EQ, it follows that R and G
must divide EF and PF internally. So I think there is only one
configuration to consider.

Let PR = PE = FG = d  and let FR  = s

Using the isosceles triangle PER:      cos/PER = 1/(2d)        (1)

Using Menelaus’s theorem in triangle FPE with transversal GRQ:

(FR/RE)(EQ/QP)(PG/GF) = - 1

and taking the absolute value of each side:

(s/1)(d/2d)(x/d) = 1,    giving    s = 2d/x                     (2)

The cosine rule in triangle EFP gives

(d + x)2 = (s + 1)2 + d2 – 2d(s + 1)cos/PER

and using (1), this simplifies to:     x2 + 2dx = s2 + s

Substituting for s, from (2), and simplifying now gives:

4d2 + 2dx – x4 – 2dx3 = 0

(2d – x3)(2d + x) = 0

Thus     2d = x3  is the  only solution for d, x > 0.

i.e.         PQ = x3

 Posted by Harry on 2016-07-05 08:34:56
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