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Disguised trapezoid (Posted on 2005-05-28) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Let ABCD be a quadrilateral. Suppose AB and CD have equal length and angles BAD and BCD are supplementary (i.e., angle BAD plus angle BCD equals 180 degrees). Show that AD is parallel to BC.

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Cyclic Comment 3 of 3 |
 
Construct diagonals AC and BD intersecting at point E.
  <BAD + <BCD = 180 ==> ABCD is cyclic ==>
    1) <EAB = <CAB = <CDB = <CDE = <EDC
    2) <EBA = <DBA = <DCA = <DCE = <ECD
    3) <DAE = <DAC = <DBC
1) and 2) with AB = CD ==> triangles EAB and EDC
are congruent ==> EA = ED ==> <ADE = <DAE
Therefore, combining this with 3) gives
<ADB = <ADE = <DAE = <DAC = <DBC
Thus, AD and BC are parallel.
 

  Posted by Bractals on 2005-05-29 01:50:35
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