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could help me please what does it mean: "The length of the median BD" ... first I thought it is the midpoint of BC, but it is not ... and since english is not my mother tounge I do not know what it means
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Please correct my reasoning. I do not understand why A is not correct. Let's name each side of our equilateral triangle "x." AB=BC=AC=x. Since we are told BD is a median, it means AD=DC=x/2. In an equilateral triangle, a line drawn from one of the vertices to the midpoint of the opposite line will form a 90 degree angle. So we would have two equal triangles, AB-BD-DA and CB-BD-DC that each have one side, BD, length 12, one side, DC or DA, length x/2, and one side, BC or BA, length x. Since these are right triangles, (x/2)^2+12^2=x^2. We have an equation with one unknown. Why is this not sufficient? Bunuel can you help?
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Please correct my reasoning. I do not understand why A is not correct. Let's name each side of our equilateral triangle "x." AB=BC=AC=x. Since we are told BD is a median, it means AD=DC=x/2. In an equilateral triangle, a line drawn from one of the vertices to the midpoint of the opposite line will form a 90 degree angle. So we would have two equal triangles, AB-BD-DA and CB-BD-DC that each have one side, BD, length 12, one side, DC or DA, length x/2, and one side, BC or BA, length x. Since these are right triangles, (x/2)^2+12^2=x^2. We have an equation with one unknown. Why is this not sufficient? Bunuel can you help?



(1) says that ABC is isosceles, not equilateral.
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New post 28 May 2020, 23:43
Hi Bunuel,

Could you please elaborate (as in how does it come about) on the geometrical property mentioned for the sufficiency of Statement 2 : "Important property: median from right angle is half of the hypotenuse"?

It would just make it easier to remember.

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