Hi there. (This is going to be a long post)
I want to show that for any triangle that is inscribed in a circle with a radius of R, the largest perimeter of the triangle comes from an equilateral triangle in the circle.
If i drew a triangle in the circle i noticed that the length of the origin to any vertex of the triangle is R.
So applying that this is what I did, I can basically split the triangle into 3 parts to find each side of the triangle from the law of cosines:
c^2 = a^2 + b^2 - 2ab cos C
For example is c was a side of the triangle I can get its length through R. Here is my bad mspaint interpretation.
c^2 = R^2 + R^2 - 2R^2 cos C
and R = x^2+y^2
so i can do that for the other sides as well, and form the perimeter equation
P(a,b,c) = a + b + c
I can now sub in R as x^2 + y^2 in the perimeter equation to get it in terms of x and y, but after doing that and simplifying, then solving it with the larangian with the constraint as x^y + y^2 = R, I dont get an expression for lamda in terms of x and y. All i get is a constant in terms of the angles cos a, cos b, and cos c.
I guess it would make sense that the critical point would be in terms of the angles rather than x and y, because if cos a = cos b = cos c then it is an equilateral triangle. But what do i do here?