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In a Right Triangle Abc Right-angled at C, P and Q Are the Points on the Sides Ca and Cb Respectively, Which Divide These Sides in the Ratio 2 : 1. Prove that - Mathematics

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In a right triangle ABC right-angled at C, P and Q are the points on the sides CA and CB respectively, which divide these sides in the ratio 2 : 1. Prove that

`(i) 9 AQ^2 = 9 AC^2 + 4 BC^2`

`(ii) 9 BP^2 = 9 BC^2 + 4 AC^2`

`(iii) 9 (AQ^2 + BP^2 ) = 13 AB^2`

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Solution

It is given that P divides CA in the ratio 2 : 1. Therefore,

`CP=\frac { 2 }{ 3 }AC ….(i)`

Also, Q divides CB in the ratio 2 : 1.

`∴ QC=\frac { 2 }{ 3 }BC ….(ii)`

(i) Applying pythagoras theorem in right-angled triangle ACQ, we have

`AQ^2 = QC^2 + AC^2`

`⇒ AQ^2 = \frac { 4 }{ 9 } BC^2 + AC^2 `

`⇒ 9 AQ^2 = 4 BC^2 + 9 AC^2 ….(iii)`

(ii)Applying pythagoras theorem in right triangle BCP, we have

`BP^2 = BC^2 + CP^2`

`⇒ BP^2 = BC^2 + AC^2 `

`⇒ 9 BP^2 = 9 BC^2 + 4 AC^2 ….(iv)`

(iii)Adding (iii) and (iv), we get

`9 (AQ^2 + BP^2 ) = 13 (BC^2 + AC^2 )`

`⇒ 9 (AQ^2 + BP^2 ) = 13 AB^2 [∵ BC^2 = AC^2 + AB^2 ]`

Concept: Right-angled Triangles and Pythagoras Property
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