# Thread: Find the coordinates of the point of intersection of perpendicular bisectors

1. ## Find the coordinates of the point of intersection of perpendicular bisectors

Hello, in a pre-calculus book I am given this problem:

Find the coordinates of the point of intersection of the perpendicular bisectors of the sides of a triangle whose vertices are located at (-a, 0), (b, c), and (a, 0).

The only apparent tools with which we are supposed to find the answer are the Pythagorean theorem, the distance formula, the midpoint formula, and the equation of a line.

I have tried this a couple of times but end up drowned in variables. Could anyone give me a hand?

2. ## Re: Find the coordinates of the point of intersection of perpendicular bisectors

Hello, Ragnarok!

Did you make a sketch?

Find the coordinates of the point of intersection of the perpendicular bisectors of the sides of a triangle
whose vertices are located at (-a, 0), (b, c), and (a, 0).

Code:
|
|    R
|    * (b,c)
| *   *
*|      *
*   |       *
P   *      |        * Q
- - * - - - - + - - - - * - -
(-a,0)       |       (a,0)
|
The perpendicular bisector of side $\displaystyle PQ$ is the y-axis, $\displaystyle x = 0.$ .[1]

The slope of side $\displaystyle QR$ is $\displaystyle \tfrac{c}{b-a}$
. . The perpendicular slope is $\displaystyle \tfrac{a-b}{c}$
. . . . The midpoint of side $\displaystyle QR$ is $\displaystyle \left(\tfrac{a+b}{2},\:\tfrac{c}{2}\right)$

The equation of the perpendicular bisector of side $\displaystyle QR$ is:
. . $\displaystyle y - \tfrac{c}{2} \:=\:\tfrac{a-b}{c}\left(x - \tfrac{a+b}{2}\right) \quad\Rightarrow\quad y \:=\:\tfrac{a-b}{c}x + \tfrac{b^2+c^2-a^2}{2c}$ .[2]

The intersection of [1] and [2] is: .$\displaystyle \left(0,\:\frac{b^2+c^2-a^2}{2c}\right)$

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