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    2b^2=a^2+c^2 => 2cotB=cotA+cotC

    Prove that if 2b^2=a^2+c^2 in a triangle then 2\cot\beta=\cot\alpha+\cot\gamma.
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    I'll use the letters A, B, C for the angles of the triangles instead of \alpha, \beta, \gamma.

    We have b^2=a^2+c^2-2ac\cos B. Then

    2a^2+2c^2-4ac\cos B=a^2+c^2

    a^2+c^2=4ac\cos B

    4R^2\sin^2A+4R^2\sin^2C=16R^2\sin A\sin C\cos B

    Divide by 4R^2:

    \sin^2A+\sin^2C=4\sin A\sin C\cos B

    \sin^2A-\sin A\sin C\cos B+\sin^2C-\sin A\sin C\cos B=2\sin A\sin C\cos B

    Using that \sin A=\sin(B+C), \ \sin C=\sin(A+B) we have

    \sin A(\sin(B+C)-\sin C\cos B)+\sin C(\sin(A+B)-\sin A\cos B)=2\sin A\sin C\cos B

    Now, using the formula \sin(B+C)=\sin B\cos C+\sin C\cos B and \sin(A+B)=\sin A\cos B+\sin B\cos A we have

    \sin A\sin B\cos C+\sin C\sin B\cos A=2\sin A\sin C\cos B

    Divide all terms by \sin A\sin B\sin C and we get

    \cot C+\cot A=2\cot B
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