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Find AB if BD is a median of triangle ABC

AB is x-7
AD is x + 3
DC is 2x - 17

Answer
Pam,

I will be happy to help.  The median divides the side into two congruents parts.  Therefore, if BD is the median, AD is congruent to CD and so the measures are equal, making

x + 3 = 2x - 17

Solving this equation (and please let me know if you need help with the algebra) gets
x = 20

Plugging the value for x back into the expression for AB gets AB = 13.

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