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Minimum Heron Median (Posted on 2009-12-13) Difficulty: 3 of 5
Precisely two of the median lengths of a Heronian triangle are integers. The remaining median length is not an integer.

Determine the minimum possible value of the smaller of the two integer median lengths.

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(In reply to Computer Solution by Justin)

From the Mathworld table given for Heronian triangles with two rational triangle medians we see that the smallest of these has sides {73, 51, 26} and rational medians {35/2, 97/2 (with the third median being 2*SQRT(949))}.

By doubling the size of this triangle there then is a triangle of sides {146, 102, 52} and rational medians, with two integer medians, {35, 97, 4*SQRT(949)}. 

The smaller of the two integer median lengths here is 35.

I have not offered proof that this is the minimum possible value, but it is less than 4550.


Edited on December 14, 2009, 1:32 am
  Posted by Dej Mar on 2009-12-14 01:15:54

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