# Thread: Divide a triangle into 2 parts equal area by a line parallel to its base.

1. ## Divide a triangle into 2 parts equal area by a line parallel to its base.

A proof or brief explanation why would be nice too! Thank you!!

2. ## Re: Divide a triangle into 2 parts equal area by a line parallel to its base.

Hello, Jammix!

Divide a triangle in two equal areas by the line parallel to its base.
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The large triangle has base $\displaystyle B$ and height $\displaystyle H.$
The small triangle has base $\displaystyle b$ and height $\displaystyle h.$

We want: .$\displaystyle \tfrac{1}{2}bh \:=\:\tfrac{1}{2}\left(\tfrac{1}{2}BH\right) \quad\Rightarrow\quad bh \:=\:\tfrac{1}{2}BH\;\;[1]$

From similar triangles: .$\displaystyle \frac{b}{h} \,=\,\frac{B}{H} \quad\Rightarrow\quad b \,=\,\tfrac{B}{H}h$

Substitute into [1]: .$\displaystyle \left(\tfrac{B}{H}h\right)h \:=\:\tfrac{1}{2}BH \quad\Rightarrow\quad h^2 \:=\:\tfrac{1}{2}H^2$

Therefore: .$\displaystyle h \:=\:\frac{H}{\sqrt{2}}$

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