**Basic Proportionality Theorem :**

If a straight line is drawn parallel to one side of a triangle intersecting the other two sides, then it divides the two sides in the same ratio.

**Converse of Basic Proportionality Theorem Examples :**

If a line divides any two sides of a triangle in the same ratio, then the line must be parallel to the third side.

Given :

In triangle ABC and a line intersecting AB in D and AC in E, such that AD / DB = AE / EC.

**Example 1 :**

ABCD is a
quadrilateral with AB parallel to CD. A line drawn parallel to AB meets AD at P
and BC at Q. Prove that (AP/PD) = (BQ/QC)

**Solution :**

Join BD by intersecting the line PQ at the point Q.

In triangle DAB, PE and AB are parallel, by using “Thales theorem”

(AP/PD) = (BE/ED) ------- (1)

In triangle BCD EQ and DC are parallel, by using “Thales theorem”

(BE/ED) = ( BQ/QC) ------- (2)

(1) = (2)

(AP/PD) = ( BQ/QC)

**Example 2 :**

In t he figure, PC and QK are parallel BC and HK are parallel, if AQ = 6 cm, QH = 4 cm, HP = 5 cm, KC = 18 cm, then find AK and PB.

**Solution :**

In triangle APC, the sides PC and QK are parallel

By using “Thales theorem” we get

(AQ/QP) = (AK/KC)

QP = QH + HP

= 4 + 5 = 9 cm

(6/9) = (AK/18)

AK = (6 ⋅ 18)/9

AK = 12 cm

In triangle ABC, the sides BC and HK are parallel,

By using “Thales theorem” we get

(AH/HB) = (AK/KC)

AH = AQ + QH

= 6 + 4

= 10

(10/HB) = (12/18)

(10 **x** 18)/12 = HB

HB = 15 cm

Now we need to find the length of PB,

PB = HB – HP

= 15 – 5

= 10 cm

**Example 3 :**

In the figure DE is parallel to AQ and DF is parallel to AR prove that EF is parallel to QR.

**Solution :**

In triangle PQA, the sides DE is parallel to the side AQ

By using “Thales theorem” we get

(PE/EQ) = (PD/DA) ------ (1)

In triangle PAR, the sides DF is parallel to the side AR

By using “Thales theorem” we get

(PD/DA) = (PF/FR) ------ (2)

(1) = (2)

(PE/EQ) = (PF/FR)

From this we can decide EF is parallel to QR in the given triangle PQR

**Example 4 :**

In the figure the sides DE and AB are parallel and DF and AC are parallel. Prove that EF and BC are parallel.

**Solution :**

In triangle APB, the sides DE and AB are parallel

(PD/DA) = (PE/EB) ----- (1)

In triangle PAC, the sides DF and AC are parallel

(PD/DA) = (PF/FC) ----- (2)

(1) = (2)

(PE/EB) = (PF/FC)

Hence the sides EF and BC are parallel.

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