Isogonal Concurrencies

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The applet above illustrates four distinct concurrencies associated with the triangle formed by isogonally conjugate cevians. The first three have been dealt with early on at Morley's triangle discussion and a separate page. The fourth one has been brought to my attention by Daniel Hardisky who posted the result and a proof at the CutTheKnotMath facebook page.

Below I give a simplified version of the proof.


Let in $\Delta ABC$ the pairs of lines $AE,AG;$ $BE,BF;$ $CF,CG$ be isogonal conjugate with respect to angles $BAC, CBA, ACB.$ Let $A',B',C'$ be the projections of $F,G,E$ on the sides $BC,AC,AB,$ respectively.

isogonal concurrency, problem

Then lines $AA',BB',CC'$ are concurrent.


The proof is elementary and depends on the inverse of Ceva's Theorem.

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Let $\angle C'AE=\angle B'AG=\alpha,$ $\angle C'BE=\angle A'BF=\beta,$ $\angle A'CF=\angle B'CG=\gamma,$ $FA'=m.$ Then $BA'=m\cdot\cot\beta,$ $CA'=m\cdot\cot\gamma$ so that



$\begin{align}\displaystyle \frac{CB'}{AB'} &=\frac{\cot\gamma}{\cot\alpha},\\ \frac{AC'}{BC'} &=\frac{\cot\alpha}{\cot\beta} \end{align}$

Multiplying the three yields Ceva's condition $\displaystyle\frac{CA'}{BA'}\cdot\frac{CB'}{AB'}\cdot\frac{AC'}{BC'}=1$ which exactly says that $AA',BB'CC'$ are concurrent.

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