Hi:

Picture, if you will, the segment with end points P(x1,y1) and Q(x2,y2). Now picture a line perpendicular to, and passing through the segment's midpoint. Any point on this line will serve as the third point, i.e., the triangle's vertex. [true becausei) the vertex of an isosceles triangle is equidistant to the endpoints of the base, andii) A given point is equidistant to two other points, P1 and P2,iffit lies on the perpendicular bisector ofsegment (P1P2). So, it stands to reason that the coordinates the third point satisfy the equation of said perpendicular line.

To that end, two lines are perpendicularifftheir slopes are negative reciprocals of one another. Thus, m=-(x2-x1)/(y2-y1) =(x2-x1)/(y1-y2). From m=(y-yk)/(x-xk) for some point (xk,yk) on the line, y=m(x-xk)+yk. The only point we know of is the midpoint of the segment with coordinates (0.5(x1+x2), 0.5(y1+y2)).

Conclusion: The third point is any point whose coordinates satisfy equation y=m(x-xk)+yk, where xk=0.5(x1+x2), yk=0.5(y1+y2), and m=(x2-x1)/(y1-y2).

Regards,

Rich B.