# Thread: Angle bisector

1. ## Angle bisector

What is the distinction between a bisector of an angle and an angle bisector of a triangle?

thank you so much

2. Originally Posted by jam2011
What is the distinction between a bisector of an angle and an angle bisector of a triangle?
Why do you think there is a distinction?
If in your course there is in fact a difference then only the author of your textbook can give the exact answer to the difference.

3. Originally Posted by jam2011
What is the distinction between a bisector of an angle and an angle bisector of a triangle?

thank you so much
There is, of course, no distinction between the words "bisector of an angle" and "angle bisector". The only difference between the two phrases you give are the words "of a triangle". To have a "bisector of an angle" (or "angle bisector") you only have to have an angle- there may be no "triangle" involved. To have an "angle bisector of a triangle" (or "bisector of an angle of a triangle") you have to have a triangle and, since a triangle has three angles, either specify which angle or make it clear that it could be any one of the angles. At that point you are talking about the bisector of that specific angle.

4. ACCording to the definition of the book: a segment is an angle bisector of a triangle if (1) it lies in the ray which bisect an angle of the triangle, and (2) its end points are the vertex of this angle and a point of the opposite side.

5. Originally Posted by jam2011
ACCording to the definition of the book: a segment is an angle bisector of a triangle if (1) it lies in the ray which bisect an angle of the triangle, and (2) its end points are the vertex of this angle and a point of the opposite side.
Well there you have it. For that particular author the phrase angle bisector of a triangle mean a certain line segment which is a subset if the general angular bisector, the coplanar ray which makes angles of equal measure with the sides of an angle.
As a line segment the angle bisector of a triangle has a finite length unlike a ray. For some authors that is an important distinction.