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Medians | Geometry | PRMO-2018 | Problem 13

Try this beautiful problem from PRMO, 2018 based on Geometry. You may use sequential hints to solve the problem.

Try this beautiful Geometry problem from PRMO, 2018 based on Medians.

Medians | PRMO | Problem-13

In a triangle ABC, right-angled at A, the altitude through A and the internal bisector of \(\angle A \) have lengths \(3\) and \(4\), respectively. Find the length of the median through \(A\).

  • $20$
  • $24$
  • $13$

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PRMO-2018, Problem 13

Pre College Mathematics

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medians of a triangle

Now in the Right angle Triangle ABC ,\(\angle A=90\).\(AD=3\) is Altitude and \(AE=4\) is the internal Bisector and \(AF\) is the median.Now we have to find out the length of \(AF\)

Now \(\angle CAE = 45^{\circ }= \angle BAE\).

Let\( BC = a\), \(CA = b\), \(AB = c\)
so \(\frac{bc}{2}=\frac{3a}{2}\) \(\Rightarrow bc=3a\)

Can you now finish the problem ……….

a triangle with medians


\(\frac{2bc}{b+c} cos\frac{A}{2}=4\)

\(\Rightarrow \frac{6a}{b+c} .\frac{1}{\sqrt 2}=4\)

\(\Rightarrow 2\sqrt 2 (b+c)=3a\)

\(\Rightarrow 8(b^2 + c^2 + 2bc) = 9a^2\)

\(\Rightarrow 8(a^2 + 6a) = 9a^2\)

\(\Rightarrow 48a=a^2\)

\(\Rightarrow a=48\)

Can you finish the problem……..

Now \(AF\) is the median , \(AF=\frac{a}{2}=24\)

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