Thursday, 1 December 2011

Triangle Inequality Theorem

Length of any side of a triangle is less than the sum of the lengths of other two sides

a < b+c            b < a+c            c < a+b                                    ---(1)
From this we can easily derive the following:
a > b~c            b > a~c            c > a~b                                    ---(2)
From (1) and (2),
b~c < a < b+c             a~c < b < a+c             a~b < c < a+b


This theorem is most important for competitive exams. You can find Geometry-12 problem on this blog, which is based on this theorem.

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