By giving a counter example, show that the following statements are not true.
p: If all the angles of a triangle are equal, then the triangle is an obtuse angled triangle.
The given statement is of the form “if q then r”.
q: All the angles of a triangle are equal.
r: The triangle is an obtuse-angled triangle.
The given statement p has to be proved false. For this purpose, it has to be proved that if q, then ∼r.
To show this, angles of a triangle are required such that none of them is an obtuse angle.
It is known that the sum of all angles of a triangle is 180°. Therefore, if all the three angles are equal, then each of them is of measure 60°, which is not an obtuse angle.
In an equilateral triangle, the measure of all angles is equal. However, the triangle is not an obtuse-angled triangle.
Thus, it can be concluded that the given statement p is false.
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