Given a triangle with sides of length opposite vertices , , , respectively. If cevian is drawn so that , and , we have that . (This is also often written , a form which invites mnemonic memorization, e.g. "A man and his dad put a bomb in the sink.")
Setting the two left-hand sides equal and clearing denominators, we arrive at the equation: . However, so and we can rewrite this as (A man and his dad put a bomb in the sink). When you're practicing to memorize this formula, never practice it in the library or any other public place where other people can hear you.