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    Prove with vectors

    Show that in any given triangle, the heights of the triangle intersect in the same (height) point..

    I drew a triangle ABC and marked the intersections with heights and triangle's sides with P (on a AB side), D (BC side) and Q (AC side).
    S is the intersection of the triangle's heights..

    \vec{AB} = \vec{a}
    \vec{AC} = \vec{b}

    \vec{AS} = n\vec{AD}
    \vec{AD} = \vec{a} + m(\vec{b} - \vec{a})

    I have no clue what to do next..
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    Quote Originally Posted by metlx View Post
    Show that in any given triangle, the heights of the triangle intersect in the same (height) point..

    I drew a triangle ABC and marked the intersections with heights and triangle's sides with P (on a AB side), D (BC side) and Q (AC side).
    S is the intersection of the triangle's heights..

    \vec{AB} = \vec{a}
    \vec{AC} = \vec{b}

    \vec{AS} = n\vec{AD}
    \vec{AD} = \vec{a} + m(\vec{b} - \vec{a})

    I have no clue what to do next..
    I am not sure, but think you are referring to the orthocenter. If so, this Wikipedia article shows the proof nicely. If not, could you explain in more detail the problem?

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    heh, that's a bit too complicated for me.. (eg. never heard for the trilinear coordinates).
    I found another website with a more simple proof :P

    thanks anyways
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