# Thread: Proved that

1. ## Proved that

2. Hello, dapore!

In any triangle $ABC$ with angles $A,B,C$ and sides $a,b,c\!:$

. . . $b\cos A + a\cos B \:=\:c$
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Construct altitude $CD$ to side $AB.$
Let $x = AD,\;Y = DB$

In right triangle $CDA\!:\;\;\cos A \,=\,\frac{x}{b} \quad\Rightarrow\quad x \,=\,b\cos A$ .[1]

In right triangle $CDB\!:\;\;\cos B \,=\,\frac{y}{a} \quad\Rightarrow\quad y \,=\,a\cos B$ .[2]

Note that: . $x + y \:=\:c$ .[3]

Substitute [1] and [2] into [3]: . $b\cos A + a\cos B \;=\;c$

3. Originally Posted by Soroban
Hello, dapore!

Code:
              C
o
*| *
* |   *
*  |     *
b *   |       * a
*    |         *
*     |           *
*      |             *
A o   *   o   *   *   *   o B
x   D       y
: - - - - - c - - - - - :
Construct altitude $CD$ to side $AB.$
Let $x = AD,\;Y = DB$

In right triangle $CDA\!:\;\;\cos A \,=\,\frac{x}{b} \quad\Rightarrow\quad x \,=\,b\cos A$ .[1]

In right triangle $CDB\!:\;\;\cos B \,=\,\frac{y}{a} \quad\Rightarrow\quad y \,=\,a\cos B$ .[2]

Note that: . $x + y \:=\:c$ .[3]

Substitute [1] and [2] into [3]: . $b\cos A + a\cos B \;=\;c$
Thanks Soroban
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