1. Using basic proportionality theorem, prove that a line drawn through the mid point of one side of a triangle parallel to another side bisects the third side.

Proof: Let D is the mid point of AB and DE is parallel to BC.

To prove: E is the mid point of AC.

Proof: Since DE is parallel to BC, therefore by basic proportionality theorem [latex]\frac{AB}{AD}=\frac{AC}{AE}[/latex]



[latex]\frac{BD}{BD}=\frac{CE}{AE} ( BD = AD )


E is the mid-point of AC.


2. In triangle ABC, AD is the perpendicular bisector of BC. Show that the triangle ABC is an isosceles triangle in which AB = AC.

Proof: In triangle ABD and triangle ADC

BD = CD (D is the mid point of BC)

AD = AD ( common side )

Angle ADB = Angle ADC (90 degree)

Hence triangle ADB is congruent to ADC ( by SAS property)

hence AB = AC


3. D is a point on the side BC of a triangle ABC such that ∠ADC = ∠BAC. Show that CA2 = CB.CD.

similar triangles exercise solution

Solution: In ΔBAC and ΔADC;

∠BAC = ∠ADC (given)

∠ACB = ∠DCA (Common angle)


Hence [latex]\frac{CA}{CB}=\frac{CD}{CA}[/latex]

[latex]\Rightarrow[/latex]CA x CA = CB x CD

[latex]\Rightarrow[/latex]CA2 = CB x CD proved


4. ABC is a right angled triangle, right angle at B and BD is perpendicular to AC. If AB = 6, BC = 8 and AC = 10, then BD = ?


[latex]\angle[/latex]C = [latex]\angle[/latex]C

[latex]\angle[/latex]B = [latex]\angle[/latex]D

Hence [latex]\triangle[/latex] ABC is similar to BDC

Therefore, [latex]\frac{AB}{BD}=\frac{AC}{CD}[/latex]


So BD = 3.6


5. ABC is a triangle  in which DE is parallel to BC. If AD = 4, BD = 3, AE = 12, find the value of AC.

Solution: Since DE is parallel to BC, therefore  [latex]\frac{AD}{BD}=\frac{AE}{CE}[/latex]


x = 9

so AC = 12 + 9 = 21


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