2012 AIME II Problems/Problem 15
Triangle is inscribed in circle with , , and . The bisector of angle meets side at and circle at a second point . Let be the circle with diameter . Circles and meet at and a second point . Then , where and are relatively prime positive integers. Find .
Quick Solution using Olympiad Terms
Take a force-overlaid inversion about and note and map to each other. As was originally the diameter of , is still the diameter of . Thus is preserved. Note that the midpoint of lies on , and and are swapped. Thus points and map to each other, and are isogonal. It follows that is a symmedian of , or that is harmonic. Then , and thus we can let for some . By the LoC, it is easy to see so . Solving gives , from which by Ptolemy's we see . We conclude the answer is .
Side Note: You might be wondering what the motivation for this solution is. Most of the people who've done EGMO Chapter 8 should recognize this as problem 8.32 (2009 Russian Olympiad) with the computational finish afterwards. Now if you haven't done this, but still know what inversion is, here's the motivation. We'd see that it's kinda hard to angle chase, and if we could, it would still be a bit hard to apply (you could use trig, but it won't be so clean most likely). If you give up after realizing that angle chasing won't work, you'd likely go in a similar approach to Solution 1 (below) or maybe be a bit more insightful and go with the elementary solution above.
Finally, we notice there's circles! Classic setup for inversion! Since we're involving an angle-bisector, the first thing that comes to mind is a force overlaid inversion described in Lemma 8.16 of EGMO (where we invert with radius and center , then reflect over the -angle bisector, which fixes ). We try applying this to the problem, and it's fruitful - we end up with this solution. -MSC
Use the angle bisector theorem to find , , and use Stewart's Theorem to find . Use Power of the Point to find , and so . Use law of cosines to find , hence as well, and is equilateral, so .
I'm sure there is a more elegant solution from here, but instead we'll do some hairy law of cosines:
Adding these two and simplifying we get:
(2). Ah, but (since lies on ), and we can find using the law of cosines:
, and plugging in we get .
Also, , and (since is on the circle with diameter ), so .
Plugging in all our values into equation (2), we get:
, or .
Finally, we plug this into equation (1), yielding:
or The answer is .
Let , , for convenience. We claim that is a symmedian. Indeed, let be the midpoint of segment . Since , it follows that and consequently . Therefore, . Now let . Since is a diameter, lies on the perpendicular bisector of ; hence , , are collinear. From , it immediately follows that quadrilateral is cyclic. Therefore, , implying that is a symmedian, as claimed.
The rest is standard; here's a quick way to finish. From above, quadrilateral is harmonic, so . In conjunction with , it follows that . (Notice that this holds for all triangles .) To finish, substitute , , to obtain as before.
-Solution by thecmd999
First of all, use the Angle Bisector Theorem to find that and , and use Stewart's Theorem to find that . Then use Power of a Point to find that . Then use the circumradius of a triangle formula to find that the length of the circumradius of is .
Since is the diameter of circle , is . Extending to intersect circle at , we find that is the diameter of the circumcircle of (since is ). Therefore, .
Let , , and . Then, by the Pythagorean Theorem,
Subtracting the first equation from the second, the term cancels out and we obtain:
By Power of a Point, , so
Since , .
Because and intercept the same arc in circle and the same goes for and , and . Therefore, by AA Similarity. Since side lengths in similar triangles are proportional,
However, the problem asks for , so .
-Solution by TheBoomBox77
It can be verified with law of cosines that Also, is the midpoint of major arc so and Thus is equilateral. Notice now that But so bisects Thus,
Let By law of cosines on we find But by ptolemy on , so so and the answer is
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