Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Converse Proof

  1. Nov 26, 2003 #1
    Prove that the bisectors of the angles of any triangle ABC are concurrent. The point of intersection is called the incentre, I.


    -Angle A and B are bisected and their bisectors meet at a point I
    -Assume a line segment bisects angle C and meets the bisector of angle A at point O
    -Assume a line from O to B that will bisect angle B
    -But angle B is already bisected by segment BI
    -So line segment OB must be BI
    -Thus point O is I
    -Therefore the incentre is at I

    Does this proof workout?

    Attached Files:

    Last edited: Nov 26, 2003
  2. jcsd
  3. Nov 27, 2003 #2
    I think it does not work.

    OK, so far.
    -Assume a line from O to B that will bisect angle B

    This is a false assumption:
    You have already defined I to be on the bisection of angle B.
    So you may not assume that O, which has already been defined otherwise, is also on the bisection of angle B.

    Since the assumption is false on the basis of your proposition, it does not lead to the conclusion that the proposition is false.
  4. Nov 27, 2003 #3
Share this great discussion with others via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook