The median of a triangle is a line segment that joins a vertex to the midpoint of the side that is opposite to that vertex.

Properties

Each triangle has 3 medians, one coming from each vertex; in △ABC, AD, BF, and CE are the 3 medians

The 3 medians meet at a common point, called the centroid of the triangle. The centroid is the center of gravity or center of mass of the triangle; the three medians, m_{a}, m_{b}, & m_{c} meet at point O, which is the centroid of the given triangle

Each median divides the main triangle into 2 smaller triangles having equal area. Thus, the 3 medians divide the main triangle into 6 smaller triangles having equal area; median AD forms triangles △ABD and △ACD, median BF into △ABF and △CBF, and median CE into △CAE and △CBE

Formulas

How to Find the Median of a Triangle

A theorem called Apollonius’s Theorem gives the length of the median of a triangle. According to the theorem: ‘the sum of the squares of any two sides of a triangle equals twice the square on half the third side and twice the square on the median bisecting the third side’.

Accordingly, the standard formulas for finding the medians of a triangle are given below:

Let us solve some examples involving different types of triangles.

Solved Examples

Find the length of all three medians of a triangle with side 6 cm, 4 cm, and 2 cm.

Solution:

As we know, m = √2b^{2} + 2c^{2} – a^{2}/4, here a = 6 cm, b = 4 cm, and c = 2 cm Now, putting the values we get, m = √2(4)^{2} + 2(2)^{2} – (6)^{2}/4 = √32 + 8 – 36/4 = √4/4 = 1 cm

In the given triangle, G is the centroid and BC = 8 cm. Solve the value of BL.

Solution:

For △ABC, AL, BF, and CE are the medians and L is the midpoint of BC Thus, BL = 1/2BC = ½ X 8 = 4 cm

Find the length of the median of an equilateral triangle with sides measuring 9 cm.

Solution:

As we know, Median (m) = a√3/2, here a = 9 cm = 9√3/2 [∵ √3= 1.732] = 7.79 cm

Median of a Triangle Theorem

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Great post! I never knew the median of a triangle could be so simple to calculate. Thanks for sharing this useful information!

Great post! I never knew the median of a triangle could be so simple to calculate. Thanks for sharing this useful information!