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November 5th, 2018, 03:09 AM   #1
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finding angle

What is the angle alpha in the attached?
The angle near alpha at A is 50°, but other than that I can not do it.
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Is angle BAC = 50° a given?

Is angle ABD = angle CBD?

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Is angle BAC = 50° a given?

Is angle ABD = angle CBD?
Angle ABD = angle CBD yes... and therefore angle BAC must be 50° (it was not given).

After that, I could not proceed.

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November 5th, 2018, 11:30 AM   #4
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The required angle is half of (180° - angle BAC) = 65°.
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The required angle is half of (180° - angle BAC) = 65°.
Correct answer ....

but I can not understand your logic - can you explain? Thanks a lot.

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November 5th, 2018, 11:51 AM   #6
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D is equidistant from the three lines that form triangle ABC.
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November 5th, 2018, 12:32 PM   #7
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D is equidistant from the three lines that form triangle ABC.
Ok I verified your last statement in autocad and that is correct. But how did you figure that? And how does this make alpha 65?

Sorry, it seems that you are way more knowledgeable than me, so I keep asking... I guess you mean we can draw a circle to each of these lines... and then....? and how did you figure it was equidistant?

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November 5th, 2018, 01:04 PM   #8
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Any point on an angle bisector is equidistant from the lines that form the angle and vice versa.
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Any point on an angle bisector is equidistant from the lines that form the angle and vice versa.
ok and from there you can see that point D is the center of a circle that touches those 3 lines. then alpha is calculated from there, as another angle bisector to the center correct?
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Drawing the circle isn't necessary, as you can just construct perpendiculars (that must have equal length) from D to the three lines. If BA is produced to some point E, AD bisects angle CAE.
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