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Posers and Puzzles

Posers and Puzzles

  1. Standard member talzamir
    Art, not a Toil
    26 May '12 05:56
    Is it possible to divide any triangle ABC into three parts by choosing points D and E on the side BC so that the angles CAD, DAE and EAB are all equal, and that the lengths BD = DE = EC = BC / 3 ?
  2. 26 May '12 20:46
    Originally posted by talzamir
    Is it possible to divide any triangle ABC into three parts by choosing points D and E on the side BC so that the angles CAD, DAE and EAB are all equal, and that the lengths BD = DE = EC = BC / 3 ?
    No (if I understand the question correctly), the positions D and E can be found by trisecting D&E, which can be done with compass and straight-edge:
    http://www41.homepage.villanova.edu/robert.styer/trisecting%20segment/

    If the angles were also equal then BAC would have been trisected with compass and straight edge, which is impossible.
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Angle_trisection
  3. Standard member SwissGambit
    Caninus Interruptus
    31 May '12 05:19
    Originally posted by talzamir
    Is it possible to divide any triangle ABC into three parts by choosing points D and E on the side BC so that the angles CAD, DAE and EAB are all equal, and that the lengths BD = DE = EC = BC / 3 ?
    Three possibilities:

    1) BD < BE
    But then CAD > DAE. (DAE is a 'sub-angle' of CAD)

    2) BD > BE
    But then BD > ED (ED is part of the segment BD)

    3) BD = BE
    But then DE = 0

    So, no.