# Stewart's Theorem

## Statement

Given a triangle with sides of length opposite vertices , , , respectively. If cevian is drawn so that , and , we have that . (This is also often written , a form which invites mnemonic memorization, e.g. "A man and his dad put a bomb in the sink.")

## Proof

Applying the Law of Cosines in triangle at angle and in triangle at angle , we get the equations

Because angles and are supplementary, . We can therefore solve both equations for the cosine term. Using the trigonometric identity gives us

Setting the two left-hand sides equal and clearing denominators, we arrive at the equation: . However, so and we can rewrite this as (A man and his dad put a bomb in the sink).