A deltoid has two diagonals: One connects the two corners formed by the sides that are equal, and the other connects the two corners formed by the two unequal sides.

The diagonal that connects the two corners formed by the sides that are equal forms the (one and only) axis of symmetry of the deltoid.

We have shown that when we “fold” the deltoid over this line of symmetry the two parts will match – and thus this diagonal bisects the angles at its endpoints. Using the same approach, we will now show that since the folded parts match, the axis of symmetry also bisects the other diagonal.

## Problem

In a deltoid ABCD, show that the diagonal forming the axis of symmetry bisects the other diagonal, DO=OB.

## Strategy

The axis of symmetry is the diagonal AC. We used the Side-Side-Side postulate to show that the axis of symmetry bisects the angles at its endpoints.

We can now use this fact to show that the smaller triangles formed by the axis of symmetry and the other diagonals are also congruent. By using the Side-Angle-Side postulate, we prove that the corresponding sides, OD and OB, are congruent. Thus, the axis of symmetry bisects the diagonal DB.

## Proof

(1) ABCD is a Kite //Given

(2) AB=AD //(1) definition of a kite

(3) AO=AO //Common side, reflexive property of equality

(4) ∠BAC ≅ ∠DAC // (1), in a kite the axis of symmetry bisects the angles at those corners

(5) △AOD≅△AOB //Side-Angle-Side postulate.

(6) OD ≅ OB //Corresponding sides in congruent triangles (CPCTC)