Let r be the radius on the in-circle of tri ABC and a,b,c be the radii of the ex-circles opposite vertices A, B, and C, respectively. Illustrate the fact that 1/r = 1/a + 1/b + 1/c. Also, write a proof of this.© BrainMass Inc. brainmass.com October 9, 2019, 3:48 pm ad1c9bdddf
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The incircle and excirles
There are many nice properties of the incirce and excircles of a given triangle. Let first introduce our notations - see Figure 1. The incircle with radius r (inradius) and center I touches the sides BC, CA and AB at X, Y and Z. We know that AY = AZ, BZ = BX and CX = CY. We have accordingly labeled these segments x, y and z, so that:
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