Q: 2           Show that points  A (a, b+c), B (b,c+a), C (c,a+b)  are collinear.

Answers (1)

If the area formed by the points is equal to zero then we can say that the points are collinear.

So, we have an area of a triangle given by,

\triangle = \frac{1}{2} \begin{vmatrix} a &b+c &1 \\ b& c+a &1 \\ c& a+b & 1 \end{vmatrix}

calculating the area:

= \frac{1}{2}\left [ a\begin{vmatrix} c+a &1 \\ a+b& 1 \end{vmatrix} - (b+c)\begin{vmatrix} b & 1\\ c&1 \end{vmatrix}+1\begin{vmatrix} b &c+a \\ c&a+b \end{vmatrix} \right ]

= \frac{1}{2}\left [ a(c+a-a-b) - (b+c)(b-c)+1(b(a+b)-c(c+a)) \right ]

= \frac{1}{2}\left [ ac-ab - b^2+c^2+ab+b^2-c^2-ac \right ] = \frac{1}{2} \left [ 0 \right] = 0

Hence the area of the triangle formed by the points is equal to zero.

Therefore given points A (a, b+c), B (b,c+a), C (c,a+b) are collinear.

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