Skip to main content
### Number and algebra

### Geometry and measure

### Probability and statistics

### Working mathematically

### For younger learners

### Advanced mathematics

# Triangle Midpoints

## You may also like

### Fitting In

### Two Ladders

Or search by topic

Age 14 to 16

Challenge Level

*Triangle Midpoints printable sheet*

**Given the three midpoints of the sides of a triangle, can you find a way to construct the original triangle?**

For example:

Choose any three points.

Can you construct a triangle such that your three points are the midpoints of its sides?

Is there more than one possible triangle for any given set of midpoints?

The largest square which fits into a circle is ABCD and EFGH is a square with G and H on the line CD and E and F on the circumference of the circle. Show that AB = 5EF. Similarly the largest equilateral triangle which fits into a circle is LMN and PQR is an equilateral triangle with P and Q on the line LM and R on the circumference of the circle. Show that LM = 3PQ

Two ladders are propped up against facing walls. The end of the first ladder is 10 metres above the foot of the first wall. The end of the second ladder is 5 metres above the foot of the second wall. At what height do the ladders cross?