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Problem

Let there be a triangle inscribed in a circle such that the longest side of the triangle forms the diameter of the circle. Show that the triangle is a right triangle.

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Solution

Let be the diameter of the circle. Construct triangle such that is the longest side of the triangle and a point is placed on the perimeter of the circle such that it forms an inscribed angle that is to the arc of the circle.

Consider the diagram shown.

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Let the centre of of the circle be point . This means the lines are radii. This demonstrates there exists two isosceles triangles and . According to the diagram, it can be deduced that if and , then .

Since the sum of the interior angles of a triangle is 180 degrees,

This proves that the triangle is a right triangle.

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