2007 AIME II Problems/Problem 15
Four circles and with the same radius are drawn in the interior of triangle such that is tangent to sides and , to and , to and , and is externally tangent to and . If the sides of triangle are and the radius of can be represented in the form , where and are relatively prime positive integers. Find
Solution 1 (homothety)
Now consider the incenter of . Let the radius of one of the small circles be . Let the centers of the three little circles tangent to the sides of be , , and . Let the center of the circle tangent to those three circles be . The homothety maps to ; since , is the circumcenter of and therefore maps the circumcenter of to . Thus, , where is the circumradius of . Substituting , and the answer is .
Consider a 13-14-15 triangle. [By Heron's Formula or by 5-12-13 and 9-12-15 right triangles.]
The inradius is , where is the semiperimeter. Scale the triangle with the inradius by a linear scale factor,
The circumradius is where and are the side-lengths. Scale the triangle with the circumradius by a linear scale factor, .
Cut and combine the triangles, as shown. Then solve for :
The solution is .
Solution 3 (elementary)
Let , , , and be the centers of circles , , , , respectively, and let be their radius.
Now, triangles and are similar by parallel sides, so we can find ratios of two quantities in each triangle and set them equal to solve for .
Since , is the circumcenter of triangle and its circumradius is . Let denote the incenter of triangle and the inradius of . Then the inradius of , so now we compute r. Computing the inradius by , we find that the inradius of is . Additionally, using the circumradius formula where is the area of and is the circumradius, we find . Now we can equate the ratio of circumradius to inradius in triangles and .
Solving, we get , so our answer is .
Diagram for Solution 1
Here is a diagram illustrating solution 1. Note that unlike in the solution refers to the circumcenter of . Instead, is used for the center of the third circle, .
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