Co-Authored By:

##### Asked by: Giani Ingenerf

science space and astronomy# What is the difference between the median of a triangle and the altitude of a triangle?

Last Updated: 10th April, 2020

**Altitude**is the perpendicular line drawn from a vertex of a

**triangle**to its opposite side. But, the

**median**is just a line drawn from a vertex of a

**triangle**to the midpoint of the opposite side of the

**triangle**.

Click to see full answer.

Also question is, can the median and altitude of a triangle be the same?

Yes. A **median** connects the midpoint of a **triangle** with the opposite vertex. An **altitude** connects a vertex of a **triangle** to the side opposite of the vertex so the angle formed between the two segments is a right angle.

Likewise, what is altitudes of a triangle? In geometry, an **altitude of a triangle** is a line segment through a vertex and perpendicular to (i.e., forming a right angle with) a line containing the base (the side opposite the vertex).

Then, what is a median of a triangle?

In geometry, a **median of a triangle** is a line segment joining a vertex to the midpoint of the opposite side, thus bisecting that side. Every **triangle** has exactly three medians, one from each vertex, and they all intersect each other at the **triangle's** centroid.

How many medians and altitudes are there in a triangle?

three medians