Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Napoleon's Theorem

In the applet below, ABC is a triangle whose sides are also sides of equilateral triangles that contain the green line segments. Points P, Q, and R are centroids of the equilateral triangles.  

1) What do you observe about the figure?
2) Move points A, B, and C. Are your observations still the same?


This is a Java Applet created using GeoGebra from www.geogebra.org - it looks like you don't have Java installed, please go to www.java.com

The Napoleon theorem states that if equilateral triangles are constructed on the sides of any triangle, either all outward, or all inward, the centers of those triangles themselves form an equilateral triangle.



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