#1**+2 **

Based on one of the properties of a centroid. Segment GD is 1/3 the length of AD.

Sorry my method is pretty complicated so hang on.

Triangles ABD and ABC are similar. Since D is the midpoint, and they share AB as a side, their ratio is 1:2

We can find the area of ABC using Heron's formula. After one million years, we have a simplified radical of \(2\sqrt{4466}\).

Since their ratio is 1:2, we know that the area of ABD is now \(\sqrt{4466}\).

Side BD is 18 / 2 = 9

We know sides AB = 15 and BD = 9. So we can work backwards from Heron's formula to find the length of AD.

Working backwards from heron's formula:

we calculate *s. *Since the length of side C is unknown, we can call it X.

We find that S is 12 + 0.5x. We know the area is \(\sqrt{4466}\). So we can make the following equation:

\((0.5x+12)(0.5x+12-15)(0.5x+12-9)(0.5x+12-x)=4466\)

(0.5x+12)(0.5x-3)*(0.5x+3)(0.5x+12-x)=4466 = {x=-(2*sqrt(86)), x=2*sqrt(86), x=-(2*sqrt(67)), x=2*sqrt(67)}

So side C is either \(2\sqrt{86}\), or \(2\sqrt{67}\).

That means GD is either: \(\frac{2\sqrt{86}}{3}\), or \(\frac{2\sqrt{67}}{3}\)....

Yup! THis is completely messed up! What a crazy method! I got two possible sides too, uh.. Help?

CalculatorUser Nov 17, 2019

#2**+1 **

Better ways to do this but I think this can be solved by using the Law of Cosines twice

We have that

AC^2 = AB^2 + BC^2 - 2 ( AB) (BC) cos (ABC)

25^2 = 15^2 + 18^2 - 2 (15) (18) cos( ABC)

625 = 225 + 324 - [540 cos ABC]

-76/540 = cos(ABC) = -19/135

So applying this again to find the length of AD we have that

AD^2 = AB^2 +( BC/2)^2 - 2 (AB) (BC) cos (ABC)

AD^2 = 15^2 + 9^2 - 2(15) (18) (-19/135)

AD^2 = 382

AD = sqrt (382)

So .... since AD is a median, DG is (1/3) (AD) = (1/3) sqrt(382) = sqrt (382) / 3 ≈ 6.51 units

EDIT TO CORRECT AN ERROR....!!!!

CPhill Nov 18, 2019

#3**+1 **

yup I don't know how to use trig. thats why I screwed up my answer lol.

CalculatorUser
Nov 18, 2019