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12-48. In Chapter 7, you discovered that the midsegment of a triangle is not only parallel to the third side, but also half its length. But what about the midsegment of a trapezoid?

The diagram at right shows a midsegment of a trapezoid. That is, $\overline{EF}$ is a midsegment because points $E$ and $F$ are both midpoints of the non-base sides of trapezoid $ABCD$. 12-23 HW eTool (Desmos). Homework Help ✎

1. If $A(0,0),B(9,0),C(5,6)$, and $D(2,6)$, find the coordinates of points $E$ and $F$. Then compare the lengths of the bases ($\overline {AB}$ and $\overline {CD}$) with the length of the midsegment $\overline{EF}$. What seems to be the relationship?

How do you find the lengths from coordinates?
Think of how the answers could be related.

It seems to be the average of $AB$ and $CD$.

2. See if the relationship you observed in part (a) holds if $A(-4,0),B(2,0),C(0,2)$, and $D(-2,2)$.

Use the same method you used to solve part (a).

3. Write a conjecture about the midsegment of a trapezoid.

The midsegment of a trapezoid is parallel to the bases and has a length that is the average of the lengths of the bases.

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