The ideas in this geometry lesson are taken from the Geometry ebook that I sell at MathMammoth.com. This lesson plan does not contain all the problems the Geometry ebook does.
Altitude of a triangle
Free geometry lesson plan from HomeschoolMath.net
|The altitude of a triangle is a line
segment from one vertex of a triangle
to the opposite side so that the line
segment is PERPENDICULAR to the side.
Look at the pictures. In other words,
(1) it starts at a vertex and
(2) is perpendicular to the side.
Note how the altitude of an obtuse triangle can fall outside of the triangle.
|You can draw the altitude from ANY vertex of the triangle.|| In fact, to
every triangle you can
draw three different altitudes.
Note in the last picture how
amazingly they all three intersect
in the same point!
Example problem types
1. Draw one altitude to each of the triangles. You can choose which vertex you want to draw it from.
[Pictures available in the ebook]