Can someone help me find the centroid, circumcenter, and the orthocenter of a traingle for the following points:

(-3,6)

(-9,-3)

(4,2)

PLEASE HELP! I worked on this problem for so long and I can't figure it out.

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- December 17th 2006, 10:46 AMhm_498HELP ON CENTROID, CIRCUMCENTER, and ORTHOCENTER
Can someone help me find the centroid, circumcenter, and the orthocenter of a traingle for the following points:

(-3,6)

(-9,-3)

(4,2)

PLEASE HELP! I worked on this problem for so long and I can't figure it out. - December 18th 2006, 07:43 AMSoroban
Hello, hm_498!

I'll give you a small start . . .

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Find the centroid, circumcenter, and the orthocenter of the triangle with vertices:

. .

I must assume you are familiar with slopes and equations of lines . . .

The**centroid**is the intersection of the*medians.*

A median joins a vertex to the midpoint of the opposite side.

First, find some of the midpoints of the sides.

Let be the midpoint of side . .Then:

. . Write the equation of , the line through and

Let be the midpoint of side . .Then:

. . Write the equation of , the line through and

The centroid is the intersection of and .

Hints for the rest of the problem:

The**circumcenter**is the intersection of the*perpendicular bisectors*of the sides.

The**orthocenter**is the intersection of the*altitudes*to the sides.

- December 18th 2006, 02:30 PMQuick
Here is a diagram of ortho, circum, and centroid.

Press the buttons to make things easier to see.

You can move the red points.

"Mp" stands for "Midpoint"

Red lines are perpendicular.

Magenta Lines are Altitudes.

This is just to give you a visual.

Does it Help?

EDIT: Added Euler's Line (I was bored, ok?) - December 18th 2006, 02:37 PMThePerfectHacker
I would like to mention that they always line (if you have 3 points) on a single line!

It is called "Euler's Line".

He discovered it.

When I was about your age, I proved it using some analytic geometry. The algebra was intense (as you can imagine) but it worked out nicely in the end.

However, I think Euler proved it classically. I wonder how he did that :rolleyes: . I have some idea but never been able to. Anybody know?