1953 AHSME Problems/Problem 37
Problem
The base of an isosceles triangle is inches and one of the equal sides is inches. The radius of the circle through the vertices of the triangle is:
Solution
Let be an isosceles triangle with and . Draw altitude . Since is the apex of the triangle, the altitude is also a median of the triangle. Therefore, . Using the Pythagorean Theorem, . The area of is .
If are the sides of a triangle, and is its area, the circumradius of that triangle is . Using this formula, we find the circumradius of to be . The answer is
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