2011 AIME I Problems/Problem 14
Let be a regular octagon. Let , , , and be the midpoints of sides , , , and , respectively. For , ray is constructed from towards the interior of the octagon such that , , , and . Pairs of rays and , and , and , and and meet at , , , respectively. If , then can be written in the form , where and are positive integers. Find .
Let . Thus we have that .
Since is a regular octagon and , let .
Extend and until they intersect. Denote their intersection as . Through similar triangles & the triangles formed, we find that .
We also have that through ASA congruence (, , ). Therefore, we may let .
Thus, we have that and that . Therefore .
Squaring gives that and consequently that through the identities and .
Thus we have that . Therefore .
Let . Then and are the projections of and onto the line , so , where . Then since ,, and .
Notice that and are parallel ( is a square by symmetry and since the rays are perpendicular) and the distance between the parallel rays. If the regular hexagon as a side length of , then has a length of . Let be on such that is perpendicular to , and . The distance between and is , so .
Since we are considering a regular hexagon, is directly opposite to and . All that's left is to calculate . By drawing a right triangle or using the Pythagorean identity, and , so .
Assume that Denote the center , and the midpoint of and as . Then we have thatThus, by the cosine double-angle theorem,so .
All distances are to scale.
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