# Difference between revisions of "Euler line"

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Assuming that the [[nine point circle]] exists and that <math>N</math> is the center, note that a homothety centered at <math>H</math> with factor <math>2</math> brings the [[Euler point]]s <math>\{E_A, E_B, E_C\}</math> onto the circumcircle of <math>\triangle ABC</math>. Thus, it brings the nine-point circle to the circumcircle. Additionally, <math>N</math> should be sent to <math>O</math>, thus <math>N \in \overline{HO}</math> and <math>\frac{HN}{ON} = 1</math>. | Assuming that the [[nine point circle]] exists and that <math>N</math> is the center, note that a homothety centered at <math>H</math> with factor <math>2</math> brings the [[Euler point]]s <math>\{E_A, E_B, E_C\}</math> onto the circumcircle of <math>\triangle ABC</math>. Thus, it brings the nine-point circle to the circumcircle. Additionally, <math>N</math> should be sent to <math>O</math>, thus <math>N \in \overline{HO}</math> and <math>\frac{HN}{ON} = 1</math>. | ||

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− | + | Let the circumcenter be represented by the vector <math>O = (0, 0)</math>, and let vectors <math>A,B,C</math> correspond to the vertices of the triangle. It is well known the that the orthocenter is <math>H = A+B+C</math> and the centroid is <math>G = \frac{A+B+C}{3}</math>. Thus, <math>O, G, H</math> are collinear and <math>\frac{OG}{HG} = \frac{1}{2}</math> | |

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## Revision as of 18:56, 4 August 2017

In any triangle , the **Euler line** is a line which passes through the orthocenter , centroid , circumcenter , nine-point center and de Longchamps point . It is named after Leonhard Euler. Its existence is a non-trivial fact of Euclidean geometry. Certain fixed orders and distance ratios hold among these points. In particular, and

Given the orthic triangle of , the Euler lines of ,, and concur at , the nine-point circle of .

## Proof Centroid Lies on Euler Line

This proof utilizes the concept of spiral similarity, which in this case is a rotation followed homothety. Consider the medial triangle . It is similar to . Specifically, a rotation of about the midpoint of followed by a homothety with scale factor centered at brings . Let us examine what else this transformation, which we denote as , will do.

It turns out is the orthocenter, and is the centroid of . Thus, . As a homothety preserves angles, it follows that . Finally, as it follows that Thus, are collinear, and .

## Proof Nine-Point Center Lies on Euler Line

Assuming that the nine point circle exists and that is the center, note that a homothety centered at with factor brings the Euler points onto the circumcircle of . Thus, it brings the nine-point circle to the circumcircle. Additionally, should be sent to , thus and .

## Analytic Proof of Existence

Let the circumcenter be represented by the vector , and let vectors correspond to the vertices of the triangle. It is well known the that the orthocenter is and the centroid is . Thus, are collinear and

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