Euler's theorem in geometry
where R and r denote the circumradius and inradius respectively (the radii of the above two circles). The theorem is named for Leonhard Euler, who published it in 1767. However, the same result was published earlier by William Chapple in 1746.
From the theorem follows the Euler inequality:
Let O be the circumcentre of triangle ABC, and I be its incentre, the extension of AI intersects the circumcircle at L, then L is the midpoint of arc BC. Join LO and extend it so that it intersects the circumcircle at M. From I construct a perpendicular to AB, and let D be its foot, then ID = r. It is not difficult to prove that triangle ADI is similar to triangle MBL, so ID / BL = AI / ML, i.e. ID × ML = AI × BL. Therefore 2Rr = AI × BL. Join BI, because
- angle BIL = angle A / 2 + angle ABC / 2,
- angle IBL = angle ABC / 2 + angle CBL = angle ABC / 2 + angle A / 2,
therefore angle BIL = angle IBL, so BL = IL, and AI × IL = 2Rr. Extend OI so that it intersects the circumcircle at P and Q, then PI × QI = AI × IL = 2Rr, so (R + d)(R − d) = 2Rr, i.e. d2 = R(R − 2r).
- Bicentric quadrilateral#Fuss' theorem and Carlitz' identity for the relation among the same three variables in bicentric quadrilaterals
- Alsina, Claudi; Nelsen, Roger (2009), When Less is More: Visualizing Basic Inequalities, Dolciani Mathematical Expositions 36, Mathematical Association of America, p. 56, ISBN 9780883853429.
- Chapple, William (1746), "An essay on the properties of triangles inscribed in and circumscribed about two given circles", Miscellanea Curiosa Mathematica 4: 117–124. The formula for the distance is near the bottom of p.123.
- Debnath, Lokenath (2010), The Legacy of Leonhard Euler: A Tricentennial Tribute, World Scientific, p. 124, ISBN 9781848165250.
- Dunham, William (2007), The Genius of Euler: Reflections on his Life and Work, Spectrum Series 2, Mathematical Association of America, p. 300, ISBN 9780883855584.
- Euler, Leonhard (1767), "Solutio facilis problematum quorumdam geometricorum difficillimorum", Novi Commentarii academiae scientiarum Petropolitanae (in Latin) 11: 103–123.
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