Talk:Median (geometry)

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Hi, I have a question about this page, does a median cut the angle of the vertex in half? Thanks, Aron G, Eh? Aron G 03:08, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

No - except when the triangle is isoceles. This is why the incenter is usually not the same as the centroid. --Henrygb 23:49, 2 December 2005 (UTC)

hey, does the median cut the distance between the two midpoint is half ? thanks Sarah

An unclear question, but if you are asking whether the point halfway from the vertex to the midpoint of the opposite side is exactly halfway between the other two side midpoints then yes. --Henrygb 03:03, 24 March 2006 (UTC)

Proving the Median creates two equal area triangles[edit]

How can you prove that the median divides a triangle into two equal areas ? —The preceding unsigned comment was added by (talk) 18:32, 23 February 2007 (UTC).

Use the fact that the area of a triangle is half base times perpendicular height. QED --Henrygb 20:27, 23 February 2007 (UTC)

That is untrue, only an isosceles triangle or equilateral triangle can be cut into two equal areas, and only if the median is taken from the odd angle in the isosceles triangle (or any in the equilateral). Also, the proof given in the page is only for isosceles and equilateral triangles as well, assuming BAC represents the odd angle. This is because [ABE] does not equal [ACE], unless AB=AC, which it does not unless they are the similar sides in an isosceles or equilateral triangle. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 01:33, 30 March 2011 (UTC)

The above proof by Henrygb is correct. When a median divides a triangle into two smaller triangles, both of those triangles have the same length of their base (namely half the length of the side of the original triangle), and both the triangles have the same height. So they both have the same area. For further information, see Bisection#Area_bisectors_and_area-perimeter_bisectors_of_a_triangle. Duoduoduo (talk) 14:28, 30 March 2011 (UTC)

Recent addition[edit]

The table of formulas that was added today contains useful information, but there are a number of problems with it.

1. To fit with the flow of the article, it should be merged with the pre-existing section "Formula for length", which it overlaps with.

2. The notation conflicts with the notation elsewhere in the article. The article use lower case "ma" etc. to refer to medians, while the new section uses upper case "Ma" etc. And the new section uses lower case "ma" etc. to refer to side half-lengths instead of to medians.

3. The caption uses the Spanish word "y" several times where it should use the English word "and".

4. The source is a Spanish-language book; while this helps to establish the accuracy of the information, it would be preferable to have an English-language source in an English Wikipedia article.

Will the editor who made the addition please merge it with the earlier section, change the notation in the table and accompanying graph, and replace "y" with "and" (and if possible find an English-language source to insert? Thanks. Duoduoduo (talk) 23:47, 13 April 2011 (UTC)

I'll go ahead and merge it with the pre-existing section, and make the notation conform. I'll delete the new graph, because it is redundant with respect to the earlier graph in the article (in addition to having the wrong notation). Duoduoduo (talk) 14:42, 14 April 2011 (UTC)

  • Hello i am de editor of de table "user:Gusbelluwiki" or User talk:Gusbelluwiki, dear User:Duoduoduo the four points that you expose are correct, please give me two days to fix them, I will do after the merger, as you request. Greets him cordially--Gusbelluwiki (talk) 05:08, 15 April 2011 (UTC)
  • User:Duoduoduo, please forget my last comment. You did an excellent job in the article "Median (geometry)".--Gusbelluwiki (talk) 09:01, 15 April 2011 (UTC)