Right angle triangle theorems

In this chapter, we are going to discuss important right angle triangle theorems and properties along with their proofs.

Basic Formulas

△ABC is a right triangle where ∠C=90°, and lengths of the sides BC, CA, and AB are a,b, and c respectively. 

∠A=x° and ∠B=y°

So, x+y=90 ………(i)

Right angle triangle properties
Right Angle triangle theorems

Draw CH⟂AB where the height CH=h

In the right △AHC,

∠ACH=90°-∠HAC=y°    …..From equation (i)

Right angle triangle
Right angle triangle Theorems

Similarly, In the right △BHC,

∠BCH=90°-∠HBC=x°    …..From equation (i)

Let, AH=m and BH=n

Now, △AHC~△CHB (Similar Triangles)



h^2=m\times n …….(iii)

△CHB~△ACB (Similar Triangles)



b^2=m\times c …….(iv)

△AHC~△ACB (Similar Triangles)



a^2=n\times c …….(v)

Add equations (iv) and (v):

a^2+b^2=c\times (m+n).

a^2+b^2=c^2 ………(vi)

In the right △AHC, 


Sin(x)=\frac{h}{b} ………(vii)

In the right △BHC, 




Cos(x)=\frac{h}{a} ………(viii)

From equations (vii) and (viii):

Sin^{2}x+Cos^{2}x=1   (Trigonometric identity)


\frac{1}{a^2}+\frac{1}{b^2}=\frac{1}{h^2} ………(ix)

The Area of the right angle triangle= \frac{1}{2}\times Base\times Height.

\frac{1}{2}\times b\times a=\frac{1}{2}\times c\times h.

 a\times b=c\times h ………..(x)

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Trisection of hypotenuse

In the given figure, the hypotenuse of a right-angled triangle is trisected by two circles. If the lengths of these segments are a, b, and c respectively. Then prove:


Trisection of Hypotenuse
Right Angle Triangle Theorems

Let the lengths of the sides PQ, QR, and PR of △PQR be y, x, and z respectively. The length of the radius of the smaller semicircle is r.

Let ∠QPR=θ

Therefore ∠QRP=90°-θ

Draw ST and QU

Then ∠STP and ∠QUR=90°  

Theorem: The angle subtended by a diameter of a circle at any point on its boundary is 90°

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Right Angle Triangle Theorems

So, ∠PST=90°-θ and ∠UQR=θ

PQ is the tangent and PR is the secant of the larger circle, so by theorem




△QUR~△PQR (Similar Triangles)



c=\frac{x^2}{z} …….(ii)

△PST~△PQU (Similar Triangles)


\frac{a}{b}=\frac{2r}{y-2r} …….(iii)

Now draw VW, here V and W are the centers of the respective circles.

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Right Angle Triangle Theorems

In the right triangle △VQW, apply Pythagoras’ Theorem:






Put this value of r in equation (iii)


After solving, \frac{a}{b}=\frac{2y}{x} ……(iv)

Now put all the values in the given expression:

\frac{a}{b}\times\sqrt{\frac{c}{a+b}}=\frac{2y}{x}\times \sqrt{\frac{\frac{x^2}{z}}{\frac{y^2}{z}}}.

=\frac{2y}{x}\times \frac{x}{y}=2

Hence Proved…

A square inscribed in a Right Triangle

Case I: If One side of the square lies on the hypotenuse of the right triangle.

In the given right triangle △ABC, the lengths of the sides of the triangle are p, q, and r. A square is inscribed in this triangle such that one of its sides is on the hypotenuse then find the area of the Square.

Square inscribed in right triangle
A square inscribed in the right triangle

Let, the length of the side of Square is ‘x’ and ∠BCA=θ

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Right Angle Triangle Theorems

△CNK~△CBA (Similar Triangles)



NC=\frac{q}{p}.x …….(i)

△AML~△ABC (Similar Triangles)



AM=\frac{p}{q}.x …….(ii)

Now, AM:NC=\frac{px}{q} :\frac{qx}{p}=(\frac{p}{q} :\frac{q}{p})\times pq.

AM:NC=p^2:q^2 …….(iii)

The length of the hypotenuse= r






Now, the area of the square= x2

Case II: If the sides of the square lie on the base and perpendicular of the right triangle

Area of square inscribed in a Right Triangle
Right angle triangle Theorems

The length of AB=p, BC =q, and the length of the sides of Square is ‘x’.

△AFE~△ABC (Similar Triangles)





Now, the area of the square= x2

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Relation between the heights of the triangles

In the given right angle triangle △ABC in which ∠A=90°, the line segments AD, DP, DR, PQ, and RS are perpendicular to the corresponding sides. Then find the relationship between AD, PQ, and RS.

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Right Angle Triangle

Let, ∠B=θ

APDR is a Rectangle because its all interior angle is 90°

△PQD~△DPA (Similar Triangles)


PD\times AP=QD\times AD

Area of the Rectangle APDR= QD×AD ……….(i)

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Right Angle Triangle Theorems

△DSR~△ARD (Similar Triangles)


AR\times DR=DS\times AD

Area of the Rectangle APDR= DS×AD ……….(ii)

Compare equations (i) and (ii)



Let, QD=DS=x …………(iii)

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Right Angle Triangle Theorems

Draw PM and RN, perpendicular to AD.

So, PM=RN=x

△PMA~△RND (Similar Triangles)


AM=ND ……..(iv)





Que: Find the area of rectangle APDR if AB=4 cm and AC=3 cm.

Solution: Here DP⊥AB and DR⊥AC

As we know in the Right triangle: BC×AD=AB×AC


AD=12/5 cm ……..(i)

In Right Triangle ABC⇒ BD: DC= AB²:AC²=16:9




BD=16/5 and DC=9/5



DP=48/25 cm ………(ii)

Similarly in In △ADC⇒ AD×DC=DR×AC


DR=36/25 cm …….(iii)

Now, the Area of APDR= DP×DR=2.7648 cm²

Altitude, Angle Bisector, and Median

In the given Right angle △ABC, ∠B=90°. BP is the altitude, BQ is the angle bisector and BR is the median of the triangle then Find PQ: QR

Median of the right angle triangle
Right Angle Triangle Theorems

Use Pythagoras’ theorem in this right triangle⇒ AC=5 cm

Property of the Median: AR=RC=BR= 2.5 cm (R is the circumcenter of the triangle)

BR= 2.5 cm ……..(i)

Property of the Altitude: 1/2×BC×AB=1/2×AC×BP


BP=12/5 ……..(ii)

△ARB is an isosceles triangle (AR=BR)

Let, ∠A=θ

So, ∠ABR=θ

∠ABQ=45° (BQ is the angle bisector)

So, ∠RBQ= ∠ABQ – ∠ABR= 45°-θ …….(iii)

In the right angle △BPC, Since ∠C=90°-θ 

So, ∠CBP=θ

∠QBP= ∠CBQ – ∠CBP= 45°-θ ………(iv)

From equations (iii) and (iv):

BQ is the angle bisector of ∠RBP, so PQ: QR= BP: BR (Angle Bisector Theorem)

PQ: QR= 12/5: 2.5

PQ: QR= (12/5: 2.5)×5= 12: 12.5

PQ: QR=  24:25 

Relation between the radii of circles

In the given right angle △ABC, ∠B=90°. Then the relation between the radii of given circles is: x2=ab

Relation between the radii of circles
Right Angle Triangle Theorems

Let, ∠A=θ then ∠ABD=90°-θ

∠EBD=∠EFD=90°-θ (BFDE is a Rectangle)

So, △AED~△EDF~△DFC (Similar Triangles)

\frac{a}{AD}=\frac{x}{EF}=\frac{b}{DC} ………..(i)

Let, AB=p



Then \frac{1}{2}\times r\times BD=\frac{1}{2}\times p\times q.

BD=EF (Diagonals of the Rectangle)


AD=AB\times Cos(A)=p\times \frac{p}{r}=\frac{p^2}{r}.

DC=BC\times Cos(C)=q\times \frac{q}{r}=\frac{q^2}{r}.

Put these values in equation (I):

\frac{a}{AD}=\frac{x}{EF}=\frac{b}{DC}=k    (k is a constant)






The ratio between the sides of a Right Triangle

Que: What is the area of ​the right triangle whose one side is 58 cm and all the sides are integers?

(a) 840 cm²

(b) 24360 cm²

(c) 1160 cm²

(d) None

Solution: The ratio between the sides of a Right Triangle is: 

⇒ (a2-b2): 2ab: (a2+b2)

Here a and b are positive integers

(a2+b2) represents the Hypotenuse of the triangle

If 2ab=58



Then the sides⇒ (292-12): 2×29×1: (292+12)= 840: 58: 842

The area of the triangle= \frac{1}{2}\times 840\times 58=24360 cm²

If (a2+b2)=58


Then the sides⇒ (72-32): 2×7×3: (72+32)= 40: 42: 58

The area of the triangle= \frac{1}{2}\times 40\times 42=840 cm²

If (a2-b2)=58


{(a+b), (a-b)}={(58,1), (29,2)}

If a+b=58 and a-b=1

a=29.5 (Not an integer)

If a+b=29 and a-b=2

a=15.5 (Not an integer)

So, only two areas are possible which are 24360 cm² and 840 cm²

Option (d) is correct.

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