The midsegment is a line segment that connects the midpoints of 2 sides.

The midsegment is a line segment that connects the midpoints of 2 sides.

The midsegment of a triangle crosses the middle of two sides, is parallel to the third side

and is also half its length.

Given that DE is a middle section in triangle ABC, what is the length of side DE?

**We can demonstrate that a midsegment exists in a triangle if at least one of the following conditions is met:**

- If there is a straight line in a triangle that extends from the midpoint of one side to the midpoint of another side, we can determine that this is a midsegment, and therefore, it is half the length of the third side and is also parallel to it.
- If a straight line cuts one of the sides of a triangle and is parallel to another side of the triangle, it indicates that this is a midsegment and that it also cuts the third side of the triangle in half and is half the length of the side to which it is parallel.
- If there is a segment in a triangle whose ends are on two of its sides, is half the length of the third side, and is parallel to it, we can determine that this segment is a midsegment and, therefore, it bisects the sides it touches right in the middle.

The midsegment of a trapezoid divides the two sides it originates from into two equal parts, and is also parallel to both bases of the trapezoid and measures half the length of these bases.

Test your knowledge

Question 1

Given that DE is a middle section in triangle ABC, what is the length of side DE?

Question 2

Given that DE is a middle section in triangle ABC, what is the length of side DE?

Question 3

Given that DE is a middle section in triangle ABC, what is the length of side DE?

**We can demonstrate that there is a midsegment in a trapezoid provided that, at least, one of the following conditions is met:**

- If there is a straight line in a trapezoid that extends from the midpoint of one side to the midpoint of another side, we can determine that it is a midsegment. As a result, it is parallel to both bases of the trapezoid and its length is half that of these bases.
- If there is a straight line that extends from one side of a trapezoid and is parallel to one of the trapezoid's bases, we can confirm that it is a midsegment. Therefore, it is parallel to both bases of the trapezoid, its length is half that of these two bases, and it also bisects the second side that it touches.

The midsegment is a segment that connects the midpoints of 2 sides.

It's very simple to remember the meaning of this term since the word "middle" already tells us that it is about the midpoint, so when we come across the concept of "midsegment" we'll remember that it connects the midpoints of two sides.

We're here to teach you everything you need to know about the midsegment, from the proof to the wonderful properties of the segment that will help us solve exercises.

First, we'll talk about the midsegment of a triangle and then we'll move on to the midsegment of a trapezoid.

Do you know what the answer is?

Question 1

Given that DE is a middle section in triangle ABC, what is the length of side DE?

Question 2

Given that DE is the middle section in triangle ABC, what is the length of side DE?

Question 3

Given that DE is the middle section in triangle ABC, what is the length of side DE?

The midsegment of a triangle crosses through the midpoint of the two sides from which it extends, but, beyond this, it has two remarkable properties that we can utilize after proving that this segment is, indeed, a midsegment of the triangle.

The midsegment of a triangle is half the length of the third side

and is also parallel to it.

If $AD=CD$

$AE=BE$

then $2DE=CB$

$DE∥CB$

Check your understanding

Question 1

Given that DE is the middle section in triangle ABC, what is the length of side DE?

Question 2

Given that DE is the middle section in triangle ABC, what is the length of side DE?

Question 3

Given that DE is the middle section in triangle ABC, what is the length of side DE?

The theorem discusses the properties of the midsegment and its definition.

We can determine that we are looking at a midsegment of a triangle if at least one of the following conditions is met:

- If in a triangle there is a straight line extending from the midpoint of one side to the midpoint of another side, we can determine that it is a midsegment and therefore, measures half the length of the third side, to which it is also parallel.

**That is, if we know that:**

$AE=BE$

$AD=CD$

Then, we can determine that:

$DE$ is a midsegment of a triangle and, consequently,

$2DE=BC$

$DE\parallel BC$

- If a straight line cuts one of the sides of a triangle and it is parallel to another side of the triangle, it means that it is a midsegment and, therefore, also cuts the third side of the triangle in half the length of the side that is parallel to it.

**That is, if we know that:**

$AD=CD$

and also $DE\parallel BC$

**Then, we can determine that:**

$DE$ is a midsegment of a triangle and, consequently,

$AE=BE$

and also $2DE=BC$

- If in a triangle there is a segment whose endpoints are on two of its sides, it measures half the length of the third side and is parallel to it, we can determine that such a segment is a midsegment and, therefore, cuts the sides it touches right in the middle.

**That is, if we know that:**

$2DE=BC$

and also $DE\parallel BC$

**Then, we can determine that:**

$DE$ is a midsegment of a triangle and, consequently,

$AE=BE$

and also $AD=CD$

Some notes for guaranteed victory

- We realize that it is easy to remember that a midsegment is a segment that goes from the midpoint of one side to the midpoint of another side since the word itself reveals it. But pay attention! The term "midsegment" is not used in every case; sometimes the term "median" is used to describe the line that cuts a side through the midpoint.

So, when you come across the word "median," remember that you may need to look for a triangle's midsegment. - There are figures with medians by definition. For example, the diagonals of a parallelogram intersect in the middle; thus, they are medians. Therefore, if we draw a segment from the intersection point of the diagonals to the edge of the parallelogram, this will be a midsegment in the corresponding triangle formed by the diagonal.

The mid-segment of a trapezoid has properties very similar to those of the mid-segment of a triangle... It makes sense since, after all, we're still talking about the mid-segment.

Do you think you will be able to solve it?

Question 1

Given that DE is the middle section in triangle ABC, what is the length of side DE?

Question 2

Given that DE is the middle section in triangle ABC, what is the length of side DE?

Question 3

In which figure is the dashed segment the median?

The midsegment of a trapezoid bisects the two non-parallel sides it emerges from and is parallel to both bases of the trapezoid, as well as being half the length of these.

Notice, as we have already mentioned, its properties are similar to those of the midsegment of a triangle.

The two expressions that you should remember are: parallel and measures half.

But, don't be mistaken, in the trapezoid the midsegment measures half the length of the bases - that is, half the length of both bases combined.

You will be able to use these properties after proving that there is a midsegment in the trapezoid.

Let's look at the properties of the midsegment illustrated:

If $EF$ Midsegment

then:

$AE=DE$

$BF=CF$

$AB∥EF∥DC$

$EF=\frac{AD+DC}{2}$

The Midsegment Theorem in a trapezoid is about the properties of midsegments.

If at least one of the following conditions is met, we can determine that it is a midsegment in a trapezoid:

- If there is a straight line in a trapezoid that extends from the midpoint of one side to the midpoint of another side, we can determine that it is a midsegment and, therefore, is parallel to both bases of the trapezoid and measures half the length of these.

That is, if we know that:

$AE=DE$

and also

$BF=CF$

Then we can determine that:

$EF$ is a midsegment of the trapezoid

Therefore:

$AB∥EF∥DC$

$EF=\frac{AB+DC}{2}$

If there is a straight line in a trapezoid that comes off one side and is parallel to one of the bases of the trapezoid, we can determine that it is a midsegment and, therefore, is parallel to both bases of the trapezoid, measures half the length of these two, and also cuts the second side it touches in half.

That is, if we know that:

$AE=DE$

and also

$AB∥EF$

Then we can determine that:

$EF$ is a midsegment of the trapezoid and, as a result:

$AB∥EF∥DC$

$BF=CF$

$EF=\frac{AB+DC}{2}$

Test your knowledge

Question 1

In which figure is the dashed segment the median?

Question 2

Which figure shows the median of a triangle?

Question 3

Given that DE is a middle section in triangle ABC, what is the length of side DE?

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- Symmetry in Trapezoids
- Acute triangle
- Obtuse Triangle
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