In geometry , the incircle or inscribed circle of a triangle is the largest circle contained in the triangle; it touches is tangent to the three sides. The center of the incircle is a triangle center called the triangle's incenter. An excircle or escribed circle  of the triangle is a circle lying outside the triangle, tangent to one of its sides and tangent to the extensions of the other two. Every triangle has three distinct excircles, each tangent to one of the triangle's sides. The center of the incircle, called the incenter , can be found as the intersection of the three internal angle bisectors. All regular polygons have incircles tangent to all sides, but not all polygons do; those that do are tangential polygons.
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A perpendicular bisector of a line segment is a line segment perpendicular to and passing through the midpoint of left figure. The perpendicular bisector of a line segment can be constructed using a compass by drawing circles centred at and with radius and connecting their two intersections. This line segment crosses at the midpoint of middle figure.
If the midpoint is known, then the perpendicular bisector can be constructed by drawing a small auxiliary circle around , then drawing an arc from each endpoint that crosses the line at the farthest intersection of the circle with the line i.
Connecting the intersections of the arcs then gives the perpendicular bisector right figure. Note that if the classical construction requirement that compasses be collapsible is dropped, then the auxiliary circle can be omitted and the rigid compass can be used to immediately draw the two arcs using any radius larger that half the length of.
The perpendicular bisectors of a triangle are lines passing through the midpoint of each side which are perpendicular to the given side. An incircle is an inscribed circle of a polygon, i. The centre of the incircle is called the incentre, and the radius of the circle is called the inradius. While an incircle does not necessarily exist for arbitrary polygons, it exists and is moreover unique for triangles, regular polygons, and some other polygons but for our course just need to know about the case with triangles.
The interior bisector of an angle, also called the internal angle bisector , is the line or line segment that divides the angle into two equal parts. The angle bisectors meet at the incentre. Step 1. Draw an arc that is centered at the vertex of the angle. This arc can have a radius of any length. However, it must intersect both sides of the angle. We will call these intersection points P and Q This provides a point on each line that is an equal distance from the vertex of the angle.
Step 2. Draw two more arcs. The first arc must be centered on one of the two points P or Q. It can have any length radius. The radius for the second arc MUST be the same as the first arc.
Make sure you make the arcs long enough so that these two arcs intersect in at least one point. We will call this intersection point X. Every intersection point between these arcs there can be at most 2 will lie on the angle bisector.
Step 3. Draw a line that contains both the vertex and X. Since the intersection points and the vertex all lie on the angle bisector, we know that the line which passes through these points must be the angle bisector. Or better still reason it out by recalling that one of our theorems says that if you draw a tangent to a circle, then the radius to the point of tangency makes a right angle with the tangent.
Each side of the triangle around an incircle is a tangent to that circle. Galway Maths Grinds. Skip to content. How to produce a perpendicular bisector A perpendicular bisector of a line segment is a line segment perpendicular to and passing through the midpoint of left figure. Incircle An incircle is an inscribed circle of a polygon, i. How to bisect an angle Given.
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