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A median of a triangle is a line segment joining a vertex of a triangle to the midpoint of the opposite side. The three medians of a triangle are drawn below. [asy] pair A,B,C,X,Y,Z; A = (0,0); B = (1,0); C = (0.3,0.8); X = (B+C)/2; Y = (A+C)/2; Z = (A+B)/2; draw(A--X, red); draw(B--Y,red); draw(C--Z,red); draw(A--B--C--A); [/asy] Note that the three medians appear to intersect at the same point! Let's try this out with a particular triangle. Consider the triangle $ABC$ with $A = (3,6)$, $B = (-5,2)$, and $C = (7,-8)$. (a) Let $D,$ $E,$ $F$ be the midpoints of $\overline{BC},$ $\overline{AC},$ and $\overline{AB},$ respectively. Find the equations of medians $\overline{AD},$ $\overline{BE},$ and $\overline{CF}.$ (b) Show that the three medians in part (a) all pass through the same point?

Sep 30, 2022