Question #247

N points and the middles of all segments with endpoints in them are marked on the plane. Prove that the amount of marked points is not less than (2n - 3).

Expert's answer

Let's consider that A and B are the most distant points from each other. Middles of segments, connecting point A (respectively, point B) with the remaining points, are all distinct and lie within a circle of radius AB/2 with the center in A (respectively, B). These two circles have only one common point, so the various amount of marked points is at least 2(n - 1) - 1 = 2n - 3.

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