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Geometry deduction

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Homework Statement



Given a triangle ABC with BC = 2AB. D and E are the midpoints of BC and BD respectively. Show that AD bisects angle CAE.

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The Attempt at a Solution



Let AB= x, so DC= AB= x and ED = x/2. If AD bisects angle CAE,
then AC/AE = DC/DE
AC/AE = x/(x/2)
AC: AE = 2:1

That's how far i can do... I tried using sine rule to prove that AC:AE = 2:1 but it did not help. Can anyone guide me?
 

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Can anyone help me? =(
 
  • #3
I like Serena
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Hi Michael_Light! :smile:

You might try the cosine rule on triangles AED and ADC with respect to the angles you're interested in.
Followed by the cosine rule on triangles ABE, ABD, and ABC with respect to the angle at B.

Find the cosines of the 2 angles you're interested in and you should find they are the same...
 
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verty
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If you know about dot products, this problem becomes easy. If not, you could do it with components of vectors and trigonometry, but not without some difficulty. But to do it like that, place A at (0,0), D at (4,0), and go from there.
 

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