2016-05-01 10:34:27
Find the coordinates of the circumcenter for ∆DEF with coordinates D(1,1) E (7,1) and F(1,5). Show your work
2016-05-01 13:26:19

Draw an accurate picture of the points in the coordinate axis, as shown in the figure. D, F have equal x coordinate, so DF is perpendicular to the x-axis. D, E have equal x coordinate, so DE is perpendicular to the y-axis. this means DF and DE are perpendicular, so DEF is a right triangle, with m(D)=90°. Let A be the midpoint of DF. The x coordinate of A is 1 and the y coordinate can be found as follows: subtract the y coordinate of D from the y coordinate of F, that is 5-1=4. Divide by 2 and add to the y coordinate of D, that is 4/2+1=2+1=3 is the y coordinate of A. Let B be the midpoint of DE, follow the previous procedure to find the coordinates of B. A(1, 3) and B(4, 1). draw the perpendicular through A and the perpendicular through B, thet meet at point C(4, 3), which is the circumcenter. Answer: C(4, 3)