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    Median question

    In a triangle ABC, AD is a median .Which is the correct answer ?

    a) AB+AC > 2 AD

    b) AB + AC < 2 AD

    c) AB+AC = 2 AD

    d) None of these
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    Re: Median question

    Quote Originally Posted by sscgeek View Post
    In a triangle ABC, AD is a median .Which is the correct answer ?
    a) AB+AC > 2 AD
    b) AB + AC < 2 AD
    c) AB+AC = 2 AD
    d) None of these
    If you can use vectors then notice that D is a midpoint so:
    \overrightarrow {AB}  + \overrightarrow {BD}  = \overrightarrow {AC}  + \overrightarrow {CD}  = \overrightarrow {AD}

    Using \|\overrightarrow {BD}\| for the length of \overrightarrow {BD} note also that \|\overrightarrow {BD}\|=\|\overrightarrow {CD}\|.
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    Re: Median question

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    Re: Median question

    Ibdutt

    Bravo..you did a good job...nice proof however you could use the Thales theorem as well
    have a look here..
    Intercept theorem - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

    However Plato is also right. If you consider vectors then the answer is c and not a.
    In my opinion the original question is not clear. AB,AD AC are segments? or vectors?
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