Triangles galore

Four equilateral triangles. Two centres are shown. Prove that the green quadrilateral is a parallelogram.

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Solution by Bob Ruyle.

Solution by Marshall W. Buck:

Let w be the (complex number or linear transformation of 2-vectors) that rotates counterclockwise by 120 degrees. Put the purple/yellow common vertex at the vector (0,0)=0. Let b be the purple center vector, and c the yellow center vector.

Then the 4 corners of the green quadrilateral are as follows (clockwise from the highest point):

A=w(c-b)+b = (1-w)b+wc,
B=b + w(-b) = (1-w)b,
C=c + w(-c) = (1-w)c,

Then A – B = wc, and D – C = wc, so A, B, C, D is a parallelogram.

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