# How can the hypotenuse alone determine the scaling factor here?

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How can the hypotenuse alone determine the scaling factor here?

• @the-blade-dancer Hi there! This is an interesting question. There is a long train of logic that precedes this fact. Why is the ratio of the triangle areas based entirely on the ratio of the triangles' bases?

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It's because their heights are the same. ← Why is this true?

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$$\hspace{ 40 mm}$$ It's because the two right triangles are congruent.

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$$\hspace{20 mm}$$ Why are the two triangles congruent?

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$$\hspace{20 mm}$$ It's because they each have a right angle and the $$\textcolor{green}{\text{green}}$$ angle.

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$$\hspace{20 mm}$$ Why do they both have a $$\textcolor{green}{\text{green}}$$ angle?

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$$\hspace{20 mm}$$ It's because of Angle Bisector Theorem! This is how Prof. Loh gets a ratio of $$\frac{(1+\sqrt{5})^2}{2^2}$$ for the area of the larger inner triangle to the area of the smaller inner triangle. • po shn loh crazy hand 2.0