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We have a triangle ABC such that AB=6, BC=8,  and CA=\(12\).  If AD is an angle bisector such that D is on BC,  then find the value of AD^2.

 Feb 9, 2022
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ABC has lengths 6, 8, 12. To find angle B, we can use law of cosines.

12^2 = 8^2 + 6^2 - 2*8*6*cos(angB)

144 = 64 + 36 - 96cosB.

-11/24 = cosB.

 

Now that we have cosB, we can use the Angle Bisector theorem to get length of BD. 8/12 = BD/DC, so BD is 12/5. 

 

Then we can apply the law of cosines again. 

AD^2 = 8^2 + (12/5)^2 - 2*12/5*8*cos(angB)

AD^2 = 64 + 144/25 - (-88/5)

AD^2 = 1600/25 + 144/25 + 440/25

 

Thus, AD^2 is:

 

\({AD}^2 = {2184\over25} \) 

\(AD^2 = 87.36\)

 

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 Feb 9, 2022
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You got this wrong:   8/12 = BD/DC

 

Should be:  6/12 = BD/DC        (But there's nothing you can do with this.)

 

The correct way is          6/12 = BD / (8 - BD)        correct!!!

civonamzuk  Feb 10, 2022
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This answer is NOT correct!!!

 

BD is NOT 12/5 !!!!

BD = 2 2/3

Who did give you all those ++++?????

Guest Feb 16, 2022
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I guess... all 4 moderators gave him/her ++++ cheeky

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