Eight Point Circle Theorem: Quadrilateral. Interactive Geometry Software.
interact with the figure below: Click the
red button ()
on the figure to start the animation.
Move the points A, C, and D to explore
the figure. Press P and click the left mouse button to start the step by step
Given a quadrilateral ABCD with perpendicular diagonals AC and BD. The four midpoints E,F,G, H
of each sides, and the four feet E',F',G',H' of perpendiculars from the
midpoints to the opposite sides all lie on a circle called the eight-point circle.
The center O of the eight-point circle is the centroid or
gravity center of quadrilateral ABCD.
The eight point circle was first discovered by Louis Brand of Cincinnati in 1944. This theorem can be useful in proving the far more famous
nine point circle theorem.
Reference: The American Mathematical Monthly, Vol. 51, No. 2 (Feb., 1944), pp. 84-85
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Animation. Click the red
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Manipulate. Drag points A
, C, and D to change the figure.
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on any free area of the figure
above to show the
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Step' button ()
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using again the combination P +
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