Anna Montemurro

ABSTRACT – The present article contains a study on triangles.

Such a study shows how to reach the solution of a triangle using an innovative method which does not require difficult reasonings or complicated trigonometrical formulas, but simply uses the concept of ratio between two quantities.

# 1.   INTRODUCTION

The work begins with some observations on the triangles. They follow the demonstrations of two new theorems. The demonstration of an innovative method for the solution of the triangles and some examples of application.

2.      OBSERVATIONS ON TRIANGLES

We want to construct one of the innumerable triangles that has the altitude given, for example of 2 cm and to calculate the measures of its sides. (Fig. 1).

Fig. 1

We can go on as follow:

first we multiply the measure h of the altitude CH for any greater number than the unit,, said factor k , then for its inverse, that is for   and the products so obtained are considered respectively as the amount of the side a and of its projection on the base that is m and as their difference, for which it results:

(1)

(2)

This process finds confirmation, multiplying member to member the (1) and the (2),we obtain the known relation:

(3)

Now, knowing the amount and the difference of two segments, to find the measure of each of them, it is sufficient to apply the following formulas:

(4)

(5)

Replacing the corrrisponding values of the (1) and  (2) with the (4) and (5),we obtain:

(6)

(7)

With a method similar to the previous one, choosing another major number than the unit, said facto , and are built and the measures b and n are calculated.

Therefore we have:

(8)

(9)

(10)

(11)

The (6) and (7), (10) and (11)  allow to calculate the measures of the sides of one of the endless triangles that have the altitude of 2 cm, built by us.  As among the endless triangles that have the altitude of 2 cm, there are also the right-angled triangles  (in which such altitude becomes that relative one to the hypotenuse),we ask:

what is the relation that lies and in such triangles?

That is, if for example k = 6, what value will takeso that such triangle is rectangle?

From the previous observations  the theorem k (by Montemurro) and the theorem of altitude (by Montemurro) originate.

3. THEOREM k (by Montemurro). In every right-angled triangled, if we have

e                  then:

.

DEMONSTRATION. Given a right-angled triangle ABC, right Ĉ, we draw the altitude relative to the hypotenuse and  a, b, c, m, n, h, are respectively the measures of the catheti, of the hypotenuse, of the projections of the catheti on the hypotenuse and the altitude relative to it(Fig. 2).

Fig.2

C

a                h        b

m               n

B                   H        A

c

It is well-known that :

(12)

Replacing in this last one to  a, b, c, the formulas we have found previously in the introduction, that is:

(13)

(14)

(15)

We have:

(16)

From this last one, dividing for h ≠0 both the members of the equality, we have:

(17)

The (17) can be formulated easily in the following way:

(18)

and, resolving as to k1 , being the discriminant of the above-said equation similar to zero, we obtain:

(19)                  c.v.d.

To reply to the question given in the introduction, if = 6, then:

4. COROLLARY 1. One of the consequences of the theorem  is that, replacing  in the (10) and (11) and in all the forms in which it appears with the value   , we have all the elements of a right-angled triangle in function of   h and  k :

(20)

(21)

(22)

(23)

(24)

(25)  where 2p indicates the perimeter

(26)

(28)

Observations.

·       Relating  the previous formula two by two, we can have the other ones.

Examples.

from (20) and  (22) we have:                                 (29)

from (24) and (22) we have:                                  (30)

from (20) and (25) we have:                                  (31)

from  (25) and (26) we have:                         (32)

·       Adding member to member the (1) and the (7) we obtain the following notable ratio that is very useful in the resolution of some problems.

(33)

·       For the similarity of the right-angled triangles  BHC, AHC, … (Fig.2) there are the following chains of equal ratios :

·       Two right-angled triangles are similar if, and only if, they have the same value of k .

6. THEOREM OF ALTITUDE (by Montemurro). In every triangle if we put

and               then:

Note. From now on, for facility of study, the differences  e  will be indicated respectly with the letters e and  f .

DEMONSTRATION. We consider any kind of triangle ABC, with the base AB, we draw the altitude relative to it and they are  h, e, f respectively the measures of the altitude CH, of  and  (Fig.4).

 Fig.4

C

e        f

a              h      b

B          m      H     n      A

c

We want to demonstrate that:

(34)

The relation (34) is demonstrated easily  because it is given  multiplying member to member the (2) and (9) of this work.

As the product  is only a number and  expresses the area of the rectangle having for dimension  and , the theorem of the altitude can be explained geometrically in the following way:

In each triangle the square built on one of its altitudes is equal to as many rectangles congruent among them, each one having for dimension the measures e and f , as the product kk1 indicates .

In the right angled triangle the theorem of the altitude takes a particular importance for the relation that is between k and k, .

7. Corollary 2. One of the consequences of the theorem of the altitude of a triangle is the formation of the following chain of notable reports:

(35)

DEMONSTRATION. With reference to the picture 4, we consider the right angled triangles  BHC and  AHC.

Applying to each of them the theorem of Pitagora, we have that:

(36)

(37)

Equalizing the second members of the  (36) and (37) , we have :

That becomes :

and, for the property of to makeup:

(38)

As the differences  and  have been called respectively   e and  f   we have:

,     from wich we obtain:

.                              (39)

For the equality:  , we can write:

.

Putting in the (39)   , we obtain:

(40)

For the theorem of the altitude  the (35) is shown.

Note. A reader can verify that, leaving from one of the notable ratios of (35), we can obtain some useful formulas for the resolution of any triangle.

For example, applying the property of the factorizing to the proportion which is obtained from the ratio  ,  we have:

(41)

Other formulas, which we can obtain easily  manipulating  those given before, are :

(42)

(43)

8. TRIGONOMETRIC NATURE OF k

From the relation  we obtain that:           (44)

Putting in the (44):

we have:

from which we obtain:

(45)

Resolving the system:

We have:

(46)

(47)

Known the value  k of a triangle, through a special scientific calculator, we can calculate the magnitude of the corresponding angle and vice versa.

For example, if:

k= 2   β = 53,13… (decimal degrees)

k= 3   β = 36,86… (decimal degrees)

9. DESCRIPTION OF THE INNOVATIVE METHOD

The innovative method  for the resolution of a triangle consists in putting always in ratio the measures given in order to calculate the value k  if we deal with a rectangle triangle, or the values k and k1 if we deal with any kind of triangle.

Found the value  k or the values of  k and k1, we calculate the measures required using the formulas that derive from the present work.

10.      APPLICATIONS TO THE RIGHT-ANGLED TRIANGLES

In the treatment of the following  problems we will follow the literal indications of the picture  5.

Fig.5

C

e          f

h

a                          b

m                  n

B                   H           A

c

·       The perimeter and the altitude relative to the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle are respectively 14,4 cm and 2,88 cm. To calculate the measures of the sides of the triangle.

Putting the measures given in ratio and utilizing the (33), we have:

From which, resolving the equation in k , we find that

Therefore, we obtain the measures required:

·       Is it possible to build a right-angled triangle that has 2p=136 cm, m=45 cm ?

Solving the equation in k which is obtained from the rapport of the measures given with the use of the (25) and (21) and leaving the roots  , we have that . So , the answer to the question is affermative.

To calculate the measures of the sides of the triangle we apply the same formulas of the previous exercise.

·       In a right-angled triangle we have : a =18 cm;  ri =6 cm. To calculate the measures of the other sides of the triangle.

We put in ratio the measures given, using the (20) and (27):

Therefore,  we get  and the measures required are obtained respectively from the ratio of (22) and (20); (24) and (20) :

·       In a right-angled triangle we have:

a+b = 41 cm;   c= 29 cm.

To calculate the measures   a and b.

From the ratio :

We obtain that  k = 2,5

Known the value k  easily we calculate a = 21 cm  and b = 20 cm, applying opportunely the formulas that we find in this work.

·       Two right-angled triangles are similar and have respectively:

A1 = 456,30 cm2 ( the first);

a = 31,2 cm;  n = 5 cm ( the second).

To calculate the perimeter of the first triangle and the ratio of similarity .

Note. The ratio of similarity will be indicated with the letter R.

By the ratio between a and n of the second triangle we find k=5.

As the two triangles are similar, the value k of the first of them is 5 too.

Therefore, applying opportunely the formulas obtained from the present work, we have:

10.                    APPLICATIONS TO ANY TRIANGLES

·       A triangle of area 360 cm2  is divided by the altitude in two parts so that:

To establish if the triangle given is a right-angled triangle or if is not. To calculate the measures of the sides of the triangle.

We observe that, for the theorem k, the relation is not true for k = 2,5; therefore we conclude that the triangle given is not a right-angled triangle.

With the inverse formula of the (42) we calculate the measure of the altitude which is of 20 cm.

Therefore we have:

·       To calculate the measures of the altitude and the sides of a triangle, knowing that:

a+b=150;   c=120cm;  k = 6

We use the following notable ratio:

If kk1 = 9  and  k = 6, then k1 = 1,5

From:

We find that:

Therefore:

·       Two similar triangles have respectively:

2p=216cm;  h=18cm;  (the first) and,

m1=120cm,  n1=36cm;  (the second).

To establish the ratio of similarity of the two triangles.

Note. The ratio of similarity of the two triangles will be indicated with the letter R.

From the first triangle we obtain:

.

From:

we have:

Therefore:

·       Two similar triangles have respectively:

a+b=50cm;   c=40cm (the first);

a1 = 92.5cm;   h1 =30cm (the second).

To establish the ratio of similarity and to calculate the      measures a, b of the first triangle.

NOTE. The ratio of similarity of the two triangles will be indicated with the letter R..

From the first of the two triangles we obtain the  value kk1 expressed from the ratio

From the second triangle we calculate the value k that is given from the ratio:

As the two triangles are similar, they have the same values k e k1   so, replacing in kk 1= 9 the value k=6 we have that k1=1,5

So we have that:

·       To resolve a triangle ABC, with base AB, knowing that:

a+ c =77cm;  b=13cm;  k=6

We calculate, as usual, the ratio among the measures given   , and we put in it :

;    ,

that is:

(we remember that k stands for 6).

Resolving the equation which is obtained from the previous relation and ruling out the root <1, we obtained that  k1 = 1.5.

Therefore, we have:

·       To resolve an obtuse-angled triangle ABC, with base AB, knowing that :

a+c=112cm;     b=104cm;    k =13/6

C

h    a            b

H

m    B        c     A

n

In this case, as the triangle given is obtuse-angled, the foot of the altitude falls on the prolongation of the side AB; therefore, for definition, the value  k given refers to the ratio  .

We utilize the data of the problem finding, as usual, the ratio among the measures known, that is:

(1).

Putting in the (1) :

and, resolving the equation that we obtain, that is:

(we remember that ), we establish

The value k1=3 , excluding the root equal to 9 which refers to the acute minor angle.

So we calculate the measures required:

Observation. When the size of the obtuse angle of a triangle is given , to calculate the value k ,first it is necessary to find the supplementary angle of that one given and, then, to apply the formula  .

11. Conclusion

We can resolve a triangle, that is we can calculate all its elements: sides and angles,  following the tracking models reported here on end and already indicated in the 9. point in the description of the innovative method.

“We calculate the ratio among the measures known at the end to find the values k and k1 and we apply opportunately the formulas which flow from this work”.