A variation of Miquel's theorem and its generalization

NOTE: Please WAIT while the Applet below loads.

From point O construct equi-inclined lines to the sides (or their extensions) of △ABC, then ADMF, BEMD and CFME are cyclic, and triangle GHI is similar to ABC.
Note: Equi-inclined lines are lines that respectively make equal angles with some other lines.

Miquel variation for triangle

Important: To view & manipulate the dynamic versions of the two generalizations below, navigate to them using the appropriate Link button in the ABOVE dynamic sketch; the pictures below are static.

Further generalization
From point M construct equi-inclined lines to the sides (or their extensions) of quadrilateral ABCD, then AQMT, BRMQ, CSMR and DTMS are cyclic (and their circumcircles are concurrent in M), and GHIJ is similar to ABCD.

Miquel quadrlateral converse

Miquel variation for quadrilateral

The result generalizes further to any pentagon, hexagon, etc. Read my paper A variation of Miquel's theorem and its generalization in the July 2014 issue of the Mathematical Gazette.

Another, different variation of Miquel
A related, but different 'converse-like' variation of Miquel’s theorem is mentioned without proof for a triangle in [1, p. 135] and [2], but proved in [3] by showing that for n concurrent circles after n spiral similarities of the vertices, centred at the centre of the concurrency, an identity transformation is obtained.
For example: if four circles intersect pairwise and are concurrent in M, then starting with an arbitrary point A on the circumference of one of the circles and continuing to draw straight lines through the other intersections E, F, G and H of the pairwise circles as shown in the figure below, results in A, H and D being collinear, i.e. the construction produces a closed quadrilateral. Though not explicitly mentioned in [3], it is obvious as already shown with the quadrilateral result proven in the preceding result, that the closed quadrilateral ABCD is similar to the one formed by the centres of the four circles, namely, PQRS.
References
1. R.A Johnson, Advanced Euclidean Geometry (Modern Geometry), New York: Dover Publications, (1929), pp. 131-135.
2. D. Wells, Penguin Dictionary of Curious and Interesting Geometry, London: Penguin Books, (1991), p. 184.
3. I.M. Yaglom (translated by A. Shields), Geometric Transformations II, Washington: The Mathematical Association of America, (1968), pp. 46-47, 129-130.

Miquel different

Another different variation of Miquel's theorem

Note that the dynamic sketch for this variation is not very robust and will 'fall apart' due to various construction restrictions of the software, e.g. when dragging point A past point E, etc.

Other examples of results involving equi-inclined lines:
A generalization of Neuberg's Theorem and the Simson line
Equi-inclined Lines Problem
Generalizations of a theorem by Wares



Back to "Dynamic Geometry Sketches"

Back to "Student Explorations"

Created by Michael de Villiers, 31 October 2013. Modified 23 May 2015; 17 April 2020.