Euler's theorem in geometry
where R and r denote the circumradius and inradius respectively (the radii of the circumscribed circle and inscribed circle respectively). The theorem is named for Leonhard Euler, who published it in 1767. However, the same result was published earlier by William Chapple in 1746.
Letting 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, so 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
- ∠ BIL = ∠ A / 2 + ∠ ABC / 2,
- ∠ IBL = ∠ ABC / 2 + ∠ CBL = ∠ ABC / 2 + ∠ A / 2,
we have ∠ BIL = ∠ 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).
Stronger version of the inequality
A stronger version:p. 198 is
where a, b, c are the sidelengths of the triangle.
Euler's theorem for the exscribed circle
If and denote respectively the radius of the exscribed circle opposite to the vertex and the distance between its centre and the centre of the circumscribed circle, then .
- Fuss' theorem for the relation among the same three variables in bicentric quadrilaterals
- Poncelet's closure theorem, showing that there is an infinity of triangles with the same R, r, and d
- List of triangle inequalities
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