SA Mathematics Olympiad Problem 2016, Round 1, Question 20

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1) Start with any square ABCD and an arbitrary point E on AD (extended). Bisect ∠EBC with ray BF, and F on CD (extended).
2) Drag point E, and observe the measurements AE (a), CF and BE. Click on the 'Show Measurement' button. What do you notice?

Conjecture: Formulate a conjecture, and check by dragging E along AD (also on to its extensions).


SA Mathematics Olympiad Problem 2016, Round 1, Question 20

Explanation (proof):
Can you explain why (prove) your conjecture above is true? If so, can you find other, different ways of logically explaining (proving) your conjecture?

A special case of this theorem was used for the Senior SA Mathematics Olympiad 2016, Round 1, Question 20, where AE = 2 and CF = 3 was given and learners were asked to determine BE. The 2016 Question Paper, Round 1 is available at here.

If you get stuck, or would like to compare your solution with some other possible solutions, read my paper in the June 2016 issue of Learning & Teaching Mathematics paper: A Multiple Solution Task: a SA Mathematics Olympiad Problem.

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Created by Michael de Villiers, 26 April 2016.