## Radius of Circle Inscribed in Isosceles Triangle

From the diagra AC is common to triangles ABC and ACD, both tirnagles are right angled and have corresponding sides equal - BC and CD both equal the radius of the inscribed circle. Both triangles are congruent therefore, and have equal angles

\[\alpha\]

.Then

\[tan \alpha = \frac{r}{x}\]

and \[tan 2 \alpha = \frac{h}{x}\]

Use the identity

\[tan 2 \alpha = \frac{2 tan \alpha}{1- tan^2 \alpha}\]

to obtain \[\frac{h}{x} = \frac{2r/x}{1- r^2/x^2}\]

.This equation can be rearranged to give

\[r^2 h + 2rx^2-hx^=0\]

The solutions to this equation are

\[r=-x \pm \sqrt{x^2+h^2}\]

Obviously only the positive option is possible, so

\[r=-x + \sqrt{x^2+h^2}\]