Pompeïu's Theorem

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This Demonstration gives a proof of Pompeïu's theorem: If is a point in the plane of the equilateral triangle , then there exists a triangle with side lengths , , and unless lies on the circumcircle of the triangle , when the triangle is degenerate.

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We rotate the equilateral triangle around the point by an angle of . This gives the triangle . As and , is equilateral, so . Also, and , so we have constructed whose sides have the same lengths as , , and .

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Contributed by: Igor Mandric and Ecaterina Bunduchi (March 2011)
(Moldova State University)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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