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X(2), X(13), X(14), X(20), X(3068), X(3069)

R13 = X(3411) and R14 = X(3412) : see below

imaginary foci of the Brocard ellipse i.e. common points of the Brocard axis and the Kiepert hyperbola

For any point M on the Brocard axis OK, the isogonal conjugate M* of M is a point on the Kiepert hyperbola. When M traverses OK, the line MM* envelopes the Brocard-Kiepert quartic Q073.

Q073 has three cusps namely :

– the de Longchamps point X(20) with tangent the Euler line,

– R13 on the lines X(5)X(13), X(14)X(382), X(16)X(20), X(61)X(631), etc, with tangent the line X(5)X(13),

– R14 on the lines X(5)X(14), X(13)X(382), X(15)X(20), X(62)X(631), etc, with tangent the line X(5)X(14).

The first barycentric coordinates of these points are : a^2 S_A + 16 ∆^2 – 6√3 ∆ a^2 and a^2 S_A + 16 ∆^2 + 6√3 ∆ a^2 respectively, where ∆ is the area of ABC and S_A = (b^2+c^2-a^2)/2 as usual.

R13 and R14 are now X(3411) and X(3412) in ETC (June 05, 2008). Note that the three cuspidal tangents are concurrent at X(5).

Q073 is the locus of pivots of isogonal pivotal cubics that are tangent to the Brocard axis. This is in particular the case of K002 and K004.

 

Q073a

Let (L) be a line and (C) its isogonal transform.

A variable line passing through M on (L) and its isogonal conjugate M* on (C) meets (C) again at N*. Let T be the harmonic conjugate of N* with respect to M and M*.

When M traverses (L), the line MM* envelopes a quartic (Q) and the point of tangency is T.

(Q) is tricuspidal and the tangents at the three cusps (one is always real, see below) are concurrent at X which is the Ceva conjugate P/P* where P is the trilinear pole of (L).

(Q) is bitangent to (L) at P1, P2 which are the (real or not) intersections of (L) and (C).

(Q) is tangent to the 6 bisectors of ABC and to the sidelines of the anticevian triangle of the trilinear pole of (L).

(Q) is the locus of the pivots of isogonal pivotal cubics which are tangent to (L). In other words, pK(K,T) is tangent at M to (L) and therefore tangent at M* to (C).

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A famous special case

When (L) is the line at infinity, (C) is the circumcircle and (Q) is a deltoid, the anticomplement of the Steiner deltoid. (Q) is the envelope of the axes of parabolas inscribed in ABC. X is the circumcenter.

In this case, T is the reflection of N* about M* and the points P1, P2 are the circular points at infinity.

It follows that any pK(K,T) with T on this deltoid must be tangent at M to the line at infinity.

This is the case of the cubic K695 for instance and also another analogous cubic mentioned in "Osculating circles on the Neuberg cubic".

Q073b
Q073c

Number of real cusps

Let (L) be the line p x + q y + r z = 0 and let Q = p:q:r be the point which is the isotomic conjugate of the tripole P of (L).

Consider the trilinear polar (Lo) of X(75) and its extraversions (La), (Lb), (Lc). These lines delimit several regions and when Q lies in one of them, the discriminant ∆ given by

(ax+by+cz)(-ax+by+cz)(ax-by+cz)(ax+by-cz)

keeps the same sign :

– positive in the yellow regions, in particular those containing G and the vertices of the antimedial triangle,

– negative in the white regions, in particular those containing A, B, C.

When ∆>0, the quartic (Q) has three real cusps (red curve) and when ∆<0, it has only one real cusp (blue curve).

When ∆=0, the quartic decomposes into a double line and a conic. This happens when (L) contains one in/excenter.