I want to prove the converse of the theorem that: for a right triangle, the altitude from the right vertex is the geometric mean of the segments of the hypotenuse. I am thinking that if I assume , with D as the foot of the altitude of triangle ABC from A, then . This would mean that triangles ABD and ADC are similar with shared right vertices at D, by similarity properties and sharing right angles at D because AD is the altitude of the triangle. What I am stuck on is how I can deduce that A is a right vertex. I was thinking that the altitudes of the smaller right triangles originating from D would be parallel to the lines extending from the angle at A but since they would be perpendicular to those lines, this would have to imply that A is a right vertex.
Thanks for the help.