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Geometry Problem
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Feb 20, 2008 10:04 AM




Re: Geometry Problem
Posted:
Feb 19, 2008 12:27 PM


In article <mn.9c417d82c4b92867.77903@nomail.com>, rb <wnowmailw@nomail.com> writes: > I.M. Soloveichik wrote: >> There is not enough information > > How do you prove it? ;) > >> unless that angle at D which looks like it is >> 90 is supposed to be 90in that case the angle x is 40 degrees. > > You shouldn't see what "looks like" if you cant say it for sure. > The picture is only indicative. Drawing it with the right angles could > be an help but it's a nonnecessary condition to solve a problem.
In general, one also needs to beware of what a drawing purports to show you "for sure".
For instance, if you draw a scalene triangle ABC such that the angle bisector of angle A intersects the perpendicular bisector of BC _inside_ the triangle then you're well on your way to proving that all triangles are isosceles. (One of my all time favorite "proof"s).



