## TRIANGLE AND ITS PROPERTIES- ESSENTIAL POINTS

• Triangles: A closed plane figure bounded by three line segments.
• The six elements of a triangle are its three angles and the three sides.
• The line segment joining a vertex of a triangle to the mid point of its opposite side is called a median of the triangle. A triangle has 3 medians.
• The perpendicular line segment from a vertex of a triangle to its opposite side is called an altitude of the triangle. A triangle has 3 altitudes.
• Type of triangle based on Sides:
• Equilateral: A triangle is said to be equilateral, if each one of its sides has the same length. In an equilateral triangle, each angle has measure 60°.
• Isosceles: A triangle is said to be isosceles, if any two of its sides are of same length. The unequal side of an isosceles triangle is its base and the base angles have equal measure.
• Scalene: A triangle having all sides of different lengths. All angles of scalene triangle are different.
• Property of the lengths of sides of a triangle: The sum of the lengths of any two sides of a triangle is greater than the length of the third side. The difference of the lengths of any two sides is smaller than the length of the third side.
• Types of Triangle based on Angles:
• Right Angled Triangle: A triangle one of whose angles measures 90°.
• Obtuse Angled Triangle: A triangle one of whose angles measures more than90°.
• Acute Angled Triangle: A triangle each of whose angles measures less than90°
• In a right angled triangle, the side opposite to the right angle is called the hypotenuse and the other two sides are called its legs.
• Pythagoras property: In a right-angled triangle, the square on the hypotenuse = the sum of the squares on its legs. If a triangle is not right-angled, this property does not hold good. This property is useful to decide whether a given triangle is right-angled or not.
• An exterior angle of a triangle is formed, when a side of a triangle is produced. At each vertex, you have two ways of forming an exterior angle.
• A property of exterior angles: The measure of any exterior angle of a triangle is equal to the sum of the measures of its interior opposite angles.
• The angle sum property of a triangle: The total measure of the three angles of a triangle is 180°.

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