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    Prove the CENTROID therorem using the VECTOR proof as well as the SYNTHETIC proof

    Explain how to derive the distance formula (assuming that the distance formula is not yet known), first in 2 dimentional and then in 3 dimentional

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    The centroid theorem states that

    the three medians of a triangle are concurrent; and the points
    at which the medians intersect is one third of the way along each median measured
    *towards* the vertex.

    Synthetic proof: Consider the triangle ABC and let the midpoint of AB be F,
    and that of AC be E; then BE and FC intersect at G, say. It's enough to show
    that the line segment from A to the midpoint of BC -- call it D -- passes through G.

    Construct a circle with center G; let H be the point diametrically opposite to A (hence
    AG = GH).

    Consider triangle ABH. Since F and G are midpoints, FG is parallel to BH
    from the Midpoint Theorem; similarly GE is parallel to HC. Therefore,
    BGCH is a parallelogram; and the diagonals BC and GH bisect each other, that is,
    AH bisects BC at D. Finally, we see that the third median AD also passes through G, i.e.
    the three ...

    Solution Summary

    The centroid theorem is applied.