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A Triangle-Square

  1. May 26, 2013 #1

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    As you see in the attachment if a square exactly fits in a triangle of any shape,Then atleast Two sides of that triangle would be of equal length(Upper two sides as in attachment)

    Explain this Geometrically and algebraically

    I tried it but in vain(Im a 9th grader)
     

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  3. May 26, 2013 #2
    Is this a homework question? And if not, an you show us or explain to us what you tried?
     
  4. May 26, 2013 #3
    I'm not convinced that this is true. Why doesn't my counterexample work?
     

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  5. May 26, 2013 #4

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    Well, see, here's the thing. When you CHOOSE a triangle that has two equal sides, you do indeed get a triangle with 2 equal sides. So what? What about Number Nine's example?
     
  6. May 26, 2013 #5
    My bet is that part of the assignment details that the square has to line up with the midpoint of one of the sides. Then (I think) it would be true.
     
  7. May 26, 2013 #6
    It would almost certainly be true in that case. I would accept a handwavy proof by symmetry.
     
  8. May 27, 2013 #7

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    sorry!Only one side of the square should touch a side of the triangle.The other two sides should touch one of the corners of the square.Then this will be correct.This is no homework,I am just curious.I could not find any explanation.
     
  9. May 27, 2013 #8

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    What do you mean "touch a side"? It's not clear what configuration you mean. Draw an example
     
  10. May 27, 2013 #9
    I'm still not convinced. You could still have a situation like the one illustrated in my picture (attached), and I'm not sure that 2 sides would necessarily be the same length.
     

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  11. May 28, 2013 #10

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    You are right Number nine,Thanks!
     
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