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6.1: Perpendicular Bisector

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This activity is intended to supplement Geometry, Chapter 5, Lesson 2.

ID: 11198

Time required: 15 minutes

Activity Overview

In this activity, students will explore the perpendicular bisector theorem and discover that if a point is on the perpendicular bisector of a segment, then the point is equidistant from the endpoints. This is an introductory activity where students will need to know how to grab and move points, measure lengths, and construct the perpendicular bisector with Cabri Jr.

Topic: Triangles & Their Centers

• Perpendicular Bisector Theorem

Teacher Preparation and Notes

Associated Materials

In this activity students will explore the properties of perpendicular bisectors. In the first part, students will measure the distance to a point on the bisector to identify congruent segments. In the second part, students will apply what they have learned about perpendicular bisectors to the context of map coordinates.

Problem 1 – Exploring the Perpendicular Bisector Theorem

Students will be exploring the distance from a point on the perpendicular bisector to the endpoints of a segment and discover that if a point is on the perpendicular bisector of a segment, then it is equidistant from the two endpoints of the segment.

Students will measure the lengths of segments using the Distance & Length tool (press GRAPH and select Measure > D.&Length). To drag a point, students will move the cursor over the point, press ALPHA, move the point to the desired location, and then press ALPHA again to release the point.

Problem 2 – An Application of the Perpendicular Bisector Theorem

Students will apply what they learned from problem one and find the intersection of two perpendicular bisectors to find a point equidistant from three points.

To draw a segment, students should use the Segment tool (press WINDOW and select Segment). To draw a perpendicular bisector, press ZOOM and select Perp. Bis..

Solutions

Problem 1 – Exploring the Perpendicular Bisector Theorem

• Answers will vary. The measures of $\overline{AC}$ and $\overline{BC}$ should be equal.
• Sample answer: $AC$ is congruent to $BC$. The distances are the same.
• If a point is on the perpendicular bisector of a segment, then it is equidistant from the two endpoints of the segment.

Problem 2 – An Application of the Perpendicular Bisector Theorem

• (6, 7)
• $F7$

Feb 23, 2012

Aug 19, 2014