Perpendicular from vertex to the opposite side of the triangle is the altitude of the triangle.

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Here, AP ⊥ BC

So, AP is the altitude of ∆ABC

We also sometimes call altitude as height of triangle.

 

Similarly, we can draw altitude from point B.

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Here, BQ ⊥ AC

So, BQ is the altitude of ∆ABC

 

Similarly, we can draw altitude from point C.

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Here, CR ⊥ AB

So, CR is the altitude of ∆ABC

 

So, altitudes of ∆ABC can be,

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For an obtuse angled triangle ∆ABC

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Altitudes are

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Now,

In a right angled triangle. ∆ABC

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Altitudes are

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So, right angled triangles has 3 altitudes in it

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