2019 AIME I Problems/Problem 12
Given , there are complex numbers with the property that , , and are the vertices of a right triangle in the complex plane with a right angle at . There are positive integers and such that one such value of is . Find .
Notice that we must have However, , so Then, the real part of is . Since , let . Then, It follows that , and the requested sum is .
(Solution by TheUltimate123)
We will use the fact that segments and are perpendicular in the complex plane if and only if . To prove this, when dividing two complex numbers you subtract the angle of one from the other, and if the two are perpendicular, subtracting these angles will yield an imaginary number with no real part.
Now to apply this:
The factorization of the nasty denominator above is made easier with the intuition that must be a divisor for the problem to lead anywhere. Now we know so using the fact that the imaginary part of is and calling the real part r,
solving the above quadratic yields so our answer is
I would like to use a famous method namely coni method.
Statement .If we consider there complex number in argand plane then .
According to the question given, we can assume , respectively.
WLOG,. According to the question .
. WLOG, .where .
So,. Solving, .get ,
±. So, possible value of .
It is well known that is perpendicular to iff is a pure imaginary number. Here, we have that , , and . This means that this is equivalent to being a pure imaginary number. Plugging in , we have that being pure imaginary. Factoring and simplifying, we find that this is simply equivalent to being pure imaginary. We let , so this is equivalent to being pure imaginary. Expanding the product, this is equivalent to being pure imaginary. Taking the real part of this, and setting this equal to , we have that . Since , we have that . By the quadratic formula, , and taking the positive root gives that , so the answer is
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