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## 'Trig Rules OK' printed from http://nrich.maths.org/

Draw any two squares which meet at a common vertex $C$ and join the
adjacent vertices to make two triangles $CAB$ and $CDE$.

Construct the perpendicular from $C$ to $AB$, (the altitude of the
triangle). When you extend this line where does it cut $DE$?

Now bisect the line $AB$ to find the midpoint of this line $M$.
Draw the median $MC$ of triangle $ABC$ and extend it to cut $DE$.
What do you notice about the lines $MC$ and $DE$?

Will you get the same results about the two triangles formed if you
draw squares of different sizes or at different angles to each
other? Make a conjecture about the altitude of one of these
triangles and prove your conjecture.

Thank you Geoff Faux for
suggesting this problem.