Symmetries in Triangle II

What is this about?


Given point $P$ in the plane of $\Delta ABC,$ consider its reflections $X,$ $Y,$ $Z$ in the midpoints of sides $BC,$ $AC,$ and $AB,$ respectively.

Symmedian in Right Triangle II - problem


  1. Lines $AX,$ $BY,$ $CZ$ are concurrent.
  2. Triangles $ABC$ and $XYZ$ are congruent.

A 3D view

This page is an extension of an earlier one where the argument suggested by the diagram below has been discussed at length.

Symmedian in Right Triangle II - solution 1

Synthetic solution

This is a solution by Emmanuel Antonio Jose García from his article A Note on Reflections.

Let $M_a,$ $M_b,$ $M_c$ be the midpoints of the sides $BC,$ $AC,$ $AB,$ respectively. Let $G$ be the centroid of $\Delta ABC.$

Symmedian in Right Triangle II - solution 2

Consider $\Delta APX.$ It has the segment $AM_a$ as a median, and, its centroid $G$ $AM_a.$ If $Q$ is the midpoint of $AX,$ then $PQ$ is another median of $\Delta APX.$ Therefore, $G$ divides $PQ$ in the ratio $PG : GQ =2:1,$ and $Q$ is the complement of $P$.

Similarly, the same point $Q$ is the midpoint of $BY$ and $CZ.$ It follows that $\Delta XYZ$ is oppositely congruent to $\Delta ABC$ at $Q.$

Affine solution

The midpoint of side $BC$ is defined by $\displaystyle\frac{B+C}{2},$ whereas the fact that $X$ is the reflection of $A$ in that point tells us that it is also the midpoint of the segment $PX$ so that $\displaystyle\frac{B+C}{2}=\frac{P+X}{2},$ or,


Similarly, $C+A=P+Y$ and $A+B=P+Z.$ Taking the difference of the latter two results in


meaning that $BC=YZ$ and $BC\parallel YZ,$ or, in other words, that $BCYZ$ is a parallelogram whose diagonals $BY$ and $CZ$ intersect in their midpoints. Similarly we obtain that $AX$ and $BZ$ also share the midpoints, so that all three coincide. Finally, $BC=YZ$ and, similarly, $AB=XY$ and $AC=XZ,$ making triangles $ABC$ and $XYZ$ congruent.


I am grateful to Emmanuel Antonio Jose García for bringing his article to my attention.

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