2000 AMC 12 Problems/Problem 17


A circle centered at $O$ has radius $1$ and contains the point $A$. The segment $AB$ is tangent to the circle at $A$ and $\angle AOB = \theta$. If point $C$ lies on $\overline{OA}$ and $\overline{BC}$ bisects $\angle ABO$, then $OC =$

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$\text {(A)}\ \sec^2 \theta - \tan \theta \qquad \text {(B)}\ \frac 12 \qquad \text {(C)}\ \frac{\cos^2 \theta}{1 + \sin \theta}\qquad \text {(D)}\ \frac{1}{1+\sin\theta} \qquad \text {(E)}\ \frac{\sin \theta}{\cos^2 \theta}$

Solution 1

Since $\overline{AB}$ is tangent to the circle, $\triangle OAB$ is a right triangle. This means that $OA = 1$, $AB = \tan \theta$ and $OB = \sec \theta$. By the Angle Bisector Theorem, \[\frac{OB}{OC} = \frac{AB}{AC} \Longrightarrow AC \sec \theta = OC \tan \theta\] We multiply both sides by $\cos \theta$ to simplify the trigonometric functions, \[AC=OC \sin \theta\] Since $AC + OC = 1$, $1 - OC = OC \sin \theta \Longrightarrow$ $OC = \dfrac{1}{1+\sin \theta}$. Therefore, the answer is $\boxed{\textbf{(D)} \dfrac{1}{1+\sin \theta}}$.

Solution 2

Alternatively, one could notice that OC approaches the value 1/2 as theta gets close to 90 degrees. The only choice that is consistent with this is (D).

Solution 3 (with minimal trig)

Let's assign a value to $\theta$ so we don't have to use trig functions to solve. $60$ is a good value for $\theta$, because then we have a $30-60-90 \triangle$ -- $\angle BAC=90$ because $AB$ is tangent to Circle $O$.

Using our special right triangle, since $AO=1$, $OB=2$, and $AB=\sqrt{3}$.

Let $OC=x$. Then $CA=1-x$. since $BC$ bisects $\angle ABO$, we can use the angle bisector theorem:





Now, we only have to use a bit of trig to guess and check: the only trig facts we need to know to finish the problem is:

$\sin\theta =\frac{\text{Opposite}}{\text{Hypotenuse}}$

$\cos\theta =\frac{\text{Adjacent}}{\text{Hypotenuse}}$

$\tan\theta =\frac{\text{Opposite}}{\text{Adjacent}}$.

With a bit of guess and check, we get that the answer is $\boxed{D}$.

Solution 4

Let $OC$ = x, $OB$ = h, and $AB$ = y. $AC$ = $OA$ - $OC$.

Because $OC$ = x, and $OA$ = 1 (given in the problem), $AC$ = 1-x.

Using the Angle Bisector Theorem, $\frac{h}{y}$ = $\frac{x}{1-x}$ $\Longrightarrow$ h(1-x) = xy. Solving for x gives us x = $\frac{h}{h+y}$.

$\sin\theta = \frac{opposite}{hypotenuse} = \frac{y}{h}$. Solving for y gives us y = h $\sin\theta$.

Substituting this for y in our initial equation yields x = $\dfrac{h}{h+\sin \theta}$.

Using the distributive property, x = $\dfrac{h}{h(1+\sin \theta)}$ and finally $\dfrac{1}{1+\sin \theta}$ or $\boxed{\textbf{(D)}}$

Solution 5

Since $\overline{AB}$ is tangent to the circle, $\angle OAB=90^{\circ}$ and thus we can use trig ratios directly.

\[\sin{\theta}=\frac{\overline{AB}}{\overline{BO}}, \cos{\theta}=\frac{1}{\overline{BO}}, \tan{\theta}=\overline{AB}\]

By the angle bisector theorem, we have


Seeing the resemblance of the ratio on the left-hand side to $\sin{\theta},$ we turn the ratio around to allow us to plug in $\sin{\theta}.$ Another source of motivation for this also lies in the idea of somehow adding 1 to the right-hand side so that we can substitute for a given value, i.e. $\overline{OA}=1$, and flipping the fraction will preserve the $\overline{OC}$, whilst adding one right now would make the equation remain in direct terms of $\overline{CA}.$

\[\frac{\overline{AB}}{\overline{OB}}=\sin{\theta}=\frac{\overline{CA}}{\overline{OC}}\Rightarrow \sin{\theta}+1=\frac{\overline{CA}+\overline{OC}}{\overline{OC}}=\frac{1}{\overline{OC}}\]

\[\sin{\theta}+1=\frac{1}{\overline{OC}} \Rightarrow \boxed{\overline{OC}=\frac{1}{\sin{\theta}+1}}\]

Solution 6 (tangent half angle)

$\angle CBO = 45^{\circ} - \frac{\theta}{2}, \angle ACB = 45^{\circ} + \frac{\theta}{2}, OB = \frac{1}{\cos(\theta)}$. By sine law, $\frac{OC}{\sin(\angle CBO)} = \frac{OB}{\sin(\angle OCB)} = \frac{OB}{\sin(\angle ACB)}$

\[OC = \frac{\sin(45^{\circ} - \frac{\theta}{2})}{\sin(45^{\circ} + \frac{\theta}{2})}OB = \frac{\sin(45^{\circ} - \frac{\theta}{2})}{\cos(45^{\circ} - \frac{\theta}{2})}OB = \tan(45^{\circ} - \frac{\theta}{2})OB = \frac{1-\tan(\theta/2)}{1+\tan(\theta/2)}OB\]

Let $t = \tan(\theta/2)$. $OC = \frac{1-t}{1+t}OB = \frac{1-t^2}{1+2t+t^2}$. Because $\sin(\theta) = \frac{2t}{1+t^2}$ and $\cos(\theta) = \frac{1-t^2}{1+t^2}$, \[OC = \frac{\cos(\theta)}{1+\sin(\theta)}OB = \boxed{\textbf{(D)} \dfrac{1}{1+\sin \theta}}\]

See also

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