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Forum Geometricorum Volume 4 (2004) 61–65.

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FORUM GEOM ISSN 1534-1178

On the Areas of the Intouch and Extouch Triangles Juan Carlos Salazar

Abstract. We prove an interesting relation among the areas of the triangles whose vertices are the points of tangency of the sidelines with the incircle and excircles.

1. The intouch and extouch triangles Consider a triangle ABC with incircle touching the sides BC, CA, AB at A0 , B0 , C0 respectively. The triangle A0 B0 C0 is called the intouch triangle of ABC. Likewise, the triangle formed by the points of tangency of an excircle with the sidelines is called an extouch triangle. There are three of them, the A-, B-, Cextouch triangles, 1 as indicated in Figure 1. For i = 0, 1, 2, 3, let Ti denote the area of triangle Ai Bi Ci . In this note we present two proofs of a simple interesting relation among the areas of these triangles.

C2 B3

I2 A

I3 C3

B0

C0 A3

B

B2 A0

A1

A2

C B1

C1 I1

Figure 1

Theorem 1.

1 T0

=

1 T1

+

1 T2

+

1 T3 .

Publication Date: April 14, 2004. Communicating Editor: Paul Yiu. 1These qualified extouch triangles are not the same as the extouch triangle in [2, §6.9], which means triangle A1 B2 C3 in Figure 1. For a result on this unqualified extouch triangle, see §3.

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Proof. Let I be the incenter and r the inradius of triangle ABC. Consider the excircle on the side BC, with center I1 , tangent to the lines BC, CA, AB at A1 , B1 , C1 respectively. See Figure 2. It is easy to see that triangles I1 A1 C1 and BA0 C0 are similar isosceles triangles; so are triangles I1 A1 B1 and CA0 B0 . From these, it easily follows that the angles B0 A0 C0 and B1 I1 C1 are supplementary. It follows that IB · IC A0 B0 · A0 C0 IC IB T0 · = . = = T1 A1 B1 · A1 C1 I1 C I1 B I1 B · I1 C A

C0

B

B0 I A1 A0

C B1

C1 I1

Figure 2

Now, in the cyclic quadrilateral IBI1 C with diameter II1 , IB · IC = IB · II1 sin II1 C = II1 · IA0 = r · II1 . Similarly, I1 B · I1 C = II1 · r1 , where r1 is the radius of the A-excircle. It follows that r T0 = . (1) T1 r1 Likewise, TT02 = rr2 and TT03 = rr3 , where r2 and r3 are respectively the radii of the B- and C-excircles. From these,   1 1 r r r 1 1 1 + + = + + = , T1 T2 T3 r1 r2 r3 T0 T0 since

1 r1

+

1 r2

+

1 r3

= 1r .



Corollary 2. Let ABCD be a quadrilateral with an incircle I(r) tangent to the sides at W , X, Y , Z. If the excircles IW (rW ), IX (rX ), IY (rY ), IZ (rZ ) have areas TW , TX , TY , TZ respectively, then TY TX TZ T TW + = + = , rW rY rX rZ r where T is the area of the intouch quadrilateral W XY Z. See Figure 3.

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A

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IX Z

W

IY

D Y

O

IW B

X

C

IZ

Figure 3

Proof. By (1) above, we have

TW rW

=

Area XY Z r

and

TY rY

=

Area ZW X r

so that

T TY Area XY Z + Area ZW X TW = . + = rW rY r r Similarly,

TX rX

+

TZ rZ

=

T r.



2. An alternative proof using barycentric coordinates The area of a triangle can be calculated easily from its barycentric coordinates. Denote by ∆ the area of the reference triangle ABC. The area of a triangle with vertices A = (x1 : y1 : z1 ), B  = (x2 : y2 : z2 ), C  = (x3 : y3 : z3 ) is given by   x1 y1 z1    x2 y2 z2  ∆   x3 y3 z3  . (2) (x1 + y1 + z1 )(x2 + y2 + z2 )(x3 + y3 + z3 ) Note that this area is signed. It is positive or negative according as triangle A B  C  has the same or opposite orientation as the reference triangle. See, for example, [3]. In particular, the area of the cevian triangle of a point with coordinates (x : y : z) is   0 y z   x 0 z  ∆   x y 0 2xyz∆ = . (3) (y + z)(z + x)(z + y) (y + z)(z + x)(z + y) Let s denote the semiperimeter of triangle ABC, i.e., s = 12 (a + b + c). The barycentric coordinates of the vertices of the intouch triangle are A0 = (0 : s−c : s−b),

B0 = (s−c : 0 : s−a),

C0 = (s−b : s−a : 0). (4)

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The area of the intouch triangle is    0 s − c s − b  1  s−c 0 s − a ∆ T0 = abc s − b s − a 0  =

2(s − a)(s − b)(s − c) ∆. abc

For the A-extouch triangle A1 B1 C1 , A1 = (0 : s−b : s−c), the area is

B1 = (−(s−b) : 0 : s),

C1 = (−(s−c) : s : 0), (5)

   0 s − b s − c 1  −2s(s − b)(s − c) −(s − b) 0 s  ∆ = ∆.  abc −(s − c) abc  s 0

∆ and Similarly, the areas of the B- and C-extouch triangles are −2s(s−c)(s−a) abc −2s(s−a)(s−b) ∆ respectively. Note that these are all negative. Disregarding signs, abc we have 1 1 1 abc 1 ((s − a) + (s − b) + (s − c)) · + + = T1 T2 T3 2s(s − a)(s − b)(s − c) ∆ 1 abc · = 2(s − a)(s − b)(s − c) ∆ 1 = . T0 3. A generalization Using the area formula (3) it is easy to see that the (unqualifed) extouch triangle A1 B2 C3 has the same area T0 as the intouch triangle. This is noted, for example, in [1]. The use of coordinates in §2 also leads to a more general result. Replace the incircle by the inscribed conic with center P = (p : q : r), and the excircles by those with centers P1 = (−p : q : r),

P2 = (p : −q : r),

P3 = (p : q : −r),

respectively. These are the vertices of the anticevian triangle of P , and the four inscribed conics are homothetic. See Figure 4. The coordinates of their points of tangency with the sidelines can be obtained from (4) and (5) by replacing a, b, c by p, q, r respectively. It follows that the areas of intouch and extouch triangles for these conics bear the same relation given in Theorem 1.

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P2

C2

A P3

C3

B0 B2

C0 P B

A3

C1

A0

A1

C

B1

A2

P1

Figure 4

References [1] M. Dalc´ın, Isotomic inscribed triangles and their residuals, Forum Geom., 3 (2003) 125–134. [2] C. Kimberling, Triangle centers and central triangles, Congressus Numerantium, 129 (1998) 1–285. [3] P. Yiu, The uses of homogeneous barycentric coordinates in plane euclidean geometry, Int. J. Math. Educ. Sci. Technol., 31 (2000) 569–578. Juan Carlos Salazar: Calle Matur´ın No C 19, Urb., Mendoza, Puerto Ordaz 8015, Estado Bol´ıvar, Venezuela E-mail address: [email protected]

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