2010 IMO Problems/Problem 4

Problem

Let $P$ be a point interior to triangle $ABC$ (with $CA \neq CB$). The lines $AP$, $BP$ and $CP$ meet again its circumcircle $\Gamma$ at $K$, $L$, respectively $M$. The tangent line at $C$ to $\Gamma$ meets the line $AB$ at $S$. Show that from $SC = SP$ follows $MK = ML$.

Solution

Solution 1

Without loss of generality, suppose that $AS > BS$. By Power of a Point, $SP^2 = SC^2 = SB \cdot SA$, so $\overline{SP}$ is tangent to the circumcircle of $\triangle ABP$. Thus, $\angle KPS = 180 - \angle SPA = \widehat{AP}/2 = \angle ABP$. It follows that after some angle-chasing,

$\begin{aligned} \widehat{ML} &= \widehat{MA} + 2\angle AKL \\ &= \left(2\angle CPK - \widehat{KC}\right) + 2\angle ABL \\ &=  2\left(\angle CPK + \angle KPS\right) - \widehat{KC} \\ &= 2\angle PCS - \widehat{KC} \\ &= \widehat{MK}, \end{aligned}$

so $ML = MK$ as desired.

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Solution 2

Let the tangent at $M$ to $\Gamma$ intersect $SC$ at $X$. We now have that since $\triangle{XMC}$ and $\triangle{SPC}$ are both isosceles, $\angle{SPC}=\angle{SCP}=\angle{XMC}$. This yields that $MX \| PS$.

Now consider the power of point $S$ with respect to $\Gamma$.

\[SC^2 = SP^2 =SA \cdot SB \quad \Rightarrow \quad \frac{SP}{SA}=\frac{SB}{SP}\]


Hence by AA similarity, we have that $\triangle{SPA} \sim \triangle{SBP}$. Combining this with the arc angle theorem yields that $\angle{SPA}=\angle{SBP}=\angle{PKL}$. Hence $PS \| LK$.

This implies that the tangent at $M$ is parallel to $LK$ and therefore that $M$ is the midpoint of arc $LK$. Hence $MK=ML$.

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