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Given right triangle ABCABC with altitude \overline{BD}BD drawn to hypotenuse \overline{AC}AC. If AD=9AD=9 and BD=3,BD=3, what is the length of \overline{DC}?DC?

 Dec 3, 2021
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If in a right angled triangle ABC, the altitude h = BD from the right angle B to the hypotenuse AC divides the hypotenuse by segments of the length x and y, then


h2 = x*y. (1)

It is the general formula and the general statement/fact from Euclidean geometry. In our case h = BD = 3, x = AD = 9, and the problem asks about y = DC. From formula (1), y = h2/x = 32/9 = 9/9 = 1.


DC = 1.

 Sep 2, 2023

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