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==Proof Nine-Point Center Lies on Euler Line==
 
==Proof Nine-Point Center Lies on Euler Line==
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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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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Revision as of 19:39, 3 August 2017

In any triangle $\triangle ABC$, the Euler line is a line which passes through the orthocenter $H$, centroid $G$, circumcenter $O$, nine-point center $N$ and de Longchamps point $L$. 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, $\overline{OGNH}$ and $OG:GN:NH = 2:1:3$

Given the orthic triangle $\triangle H_AH_BH_C$ of $\triangle ABC$, the Euler lines of $\triangle AH_BH_C$,$\triangle BH_CH_A$, and $\triangle CH_AH_B$ concur at $N$, the nine-point center of $\triangle ABC$.

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 $\triangle O_AO_BO_C$. It is similar to $\triangle ABC$. Specifically, a rotation of $180^\circ$ about the midpoint of $O_BO_C$ followed by a homothety with scale factor $2$ centered at $A$ brings $\triangle ABC \to \triangle O_AO_BO_C$. Let us examine what else this transformation, which we denote as $\mathcal{S}$, will do.

It turns out $O$ is the orthocenter, and $G$ is the centroid of $\triangle O_AO_BO_C$. Thus, $\mathcal{S}(\{O_A, O, G\}) = \{A, H, G\}$. As a homothety preserves angles, it follows that $\measuredangle O_AOG = \measuredangle AHG$. Finally, as $\overline{AH} || \overline{O_AO}$ it follows that \[\triangle AHG = \triangle O_AOG\] Thus, $O, G, H$ are collinear, and $\frac{OG}{HG} = \frac{1}{2}$.

Proof Nine-Point Center Lies on Euler Line

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

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