What if you were told that a ray was an angle bisector of a triangle? How would you use this fact to find unknown values regarding the triangle's side lengths? After completing this Concept, you'll be able to solve such problems.
CK-12 Foundation: Chapter7ProportionswithAngleBisectorsA
James Sousa: Triangle Angle Bisector Theorem
James Sousa: Using the Triangle Angle Bisector Theorem to Determine Unknown Values
When an angle within a triangle is bisected, the bisector divides the triangle proportionally
. The proportional relationship is
If a ray bisects an angle of a triangle, then it divides the opposite side into segments that are proportional to the lengths of the other two sides.
Because the ray is the angle bisector it splits the opposite side in the same ratio as the sides. So, the proportion is:
Determine the value of
that would make the proportion true.
You can set up this proportion just like the previous example.
Find the missing variable:
Set up a proportion and solve like in the previous examples.
Watch this video for help with the Examples above.
CK-12 Foundation: Chapter7ProportionswithAngleBisectorsB
Pairs of numbers are
if they are in the same ratio. An
is a ray that divides an angle into two congruent angles.
Find the missing variables:
1. Set up a proportion and solve.
2. Set up a proportion and solve.
3. Set up a proportion and solve.
Find the value of the missing variable(s).
Find the value of each variable in the pictures below.
Find the unknown lengths.
Casey attempts to solve for a in the diagram using the proportion
. What did Casey do wrong? Write the correct proportion and solve for
Solve for the unknown variable.