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Textbook Problem

Given: In Δ A B C , A D bisects B A C
A B = 20 and A C = 16
Find: D C and D B

To determine

To find:

DC and DB.

Explanation

Given:

In ΔABC, AD bisects BAC, AB=20,AC=16.

Theorem used:

Angle bisector theorem:

If a ray bisects one angle of a triangle, then it divides the opposite side into segments whose lengths are proportional to the lengths of the two sides that form the bisected angle.

Calculation:

Given: AD bisects BAC.

Then by angle-bisector theorem, the ray AD divides the opposite side into segments whose lengths are proportional to the lengths of the two sides that form the bisected angle.

ABAC=BDDC.

Since ABC is a right triangle, by Pythagoras theorem we get

(AB)2=(AC)2+(BC)2

We have AB=20,AC=16.

(AB)2=(AC)2+(BC)2(20)2=(16)2+(BC)2400256=(BC)2144=(BC)212=BC

We have ABAC=BDDC

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