2010 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 14
- The following problem is from both the 2010 AMC 12A #14 and 2010 AMC 10A #16, so both problems redirect to this page.
Problem
Nondegenerate has integer side lengths, is an angle bisector, , and . What is the smallest possible value of the perimeter?
Solution
By the Angle Bisector Theorem, we know that . If we use the lowest possible integer values for and (the lengths of and , respectively), then , contradicting the Triangle Inequality. If we use the next lowest values ( and ), the Triangle Inequality is satisfied. Therefore, our answer is , or choice .
Solution 2(Trick)
We find that by the Angle Bisector Theorem so we let the lengths be and , respectively where is a positive integer. Also since and , we notice that the perimeter of the triangle is the sum of these, namely This can be factored into and so the sum must be a multiple of . The only answer choice which is a multiple of is . ~mathboy282
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See also
2010 AMC 10A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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2010 AMC 12A (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | |
Preceded by Problem 13 |
Followed by Problem 15 |
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All AMC 12 Problems and Solutions |
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