# 2003 AIME I Problems/Problem 11

## Problem

An angle $x$ is chosen at random from the interval $0^\circ < x < 90^\circ.$ Let $p$ be the probability that the numbers $\sin^2 x, \cos^2 x,$ and $\sin x \cos x$ are not the lengths of the sides of a triangle. Given that $p = d/n,$ where $d$ is the number of degrees in $\text{arctan}$ $m$ and $m$ and $n$ are positive integers with $m + n < 1000,$ find $m + n.$

## Solution

Note that the three expressions are symmetric with respect to interchanging $\sin$ and $\cos$, and so the probability is symmetric around $45^\circ$. Thus, take $0 < x < 45$ so that $\sin x < \cos x$. Then $\cos^2 x$ is the largest of the three given expressions and those three lengths not forming a triangle is equivalent to a violation of the triangle inequality $$\cos^2 x > \sin^2 x + \sin x \cos x$$

This is equivalent to $$\cos^2 x - \sin^2 x > \sin x \cos x$$

and, using some of our trigonometric identities, we can re-write this as $\cos 2x > \frac 12 \sin 2x$. Since we've chosen $x \in (0, 45)$, $\cos 2x > 0$ so $$2 > \tan 2x \Longrightarrow x < \frac 12 \arctan 2.$$

The probability that $x$ lies in this range is $\frac 1{45} \cdot \left(\frac 12 \arctan 2\right) = \frac{\arctan 2}{90}$ so that $m = 2$, $n = 90$ and our answer is $\boxed{092}$.

## See also

 2003 AIME I (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 10 Followed byProblem 12 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 All AIME Problems and Solutions

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