Medians of a Triangle

Medians of a Triangle

A median of a triangle is a line segment joining a vertex to the midpoint of the opposite side. Triangle is a plane figure with three straight sides and three angles. The three angles always add to 180°. The vertex is a corner of the triangle. Every triangle has three vertices. The interior angles of a triangle always add up to 180°. The exterior angles of a triangle always add up to 360°.

The straight line joining a vertex of a triangle to the midpoint of the opposite side is called a median. A triangle has three medians, one from each vertex, and they all intersect each other at the triangle’s centroid. Here XL, YM and ZN are medians.

Fig: Medians of a Triangle

A geometrical property of medians:

The three medians of a triangle are concurrent, i.e., they have a common point of intersection. This point is known as the centroid of the triangle. It divides each median into the ratio 2 : 1.

Fig: a geometrical property of medians

Here, the three medians intersect at G.

Thus, G is the centroid of the triangle.

Also, XG : GL = 2 : 1

YG : GM= 2 : 1

and    ZG : GN = 2 : 1

There are some fascinating properties of the medians of a triangle:

  • The fact that the three medians always meet at a single point is interesting in its own right
  • Each median divides the triangle into two smaller triangles which have the same area
  • The centroid (a point where they meet) is the center of gravity of the triangle
  • The three medians divide the triangle into 6 smaller triangles that all have the same area, even though they may have different shapes.
  • In the case of equilateral and isosceles triangles, a median bisects any angle at a vertex whose two adjacent sides are equal in length.

 

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