Difference between revisions of "1960 IMO Problems/Problem 3"

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== Solution ==
 
== Solution ==
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Using coordinates, let <math>A=(0,0)</math>, <math>B=(b,0)</math>, and <math>C=(0,c)</math>. Also, let <math>PQ</math> be the segment that subtends the midpoint of the hypotenuse with <math>P</math> closer to <math>B</math>.
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<asy>
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size(8cm);
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pair A,B,C,P,Q;
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A=(0,0);
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B=(4,0);
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C=(0,3);
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P=(2.08,1.44);
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Q=(1.92,1.56);
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dot(A);
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dot(B);
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dot(C);
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dot(P);
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dot(Q);
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label("A",A,SW);
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label("B",B,SE);
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label("C",C,NW);
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label("P",P,ENE);
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label("Q",Q,NNE);
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draw(A--B--C--cycle);
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draw(A--P);
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draw(A--Q);
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</asy>
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Then, <math>P = \frac{n+1}{2}B+\frac{n-1}{2}C = \left(\frac{n+1}{2}b,\frac{n-1}{2}c\right)</math>, and <math>Q = \frac{n-1}{2}B+\frac{n+1}{2}C = \left(\frac{n-1}{2}b,\frac{n+1}{2}c\right)</math>.
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So, <math>\text{slope}</math><math>(PA)=\tan{\angle PAB}=\frac{c}{b}\cdot\frac{n-1}{n+1}</math>, and <math>\text{slope}</math><math>(QA)=\tan{\angle QAB}=\frac{c}{b}\cdot\frac{n+1}{n-1}</math>.
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Thus, <math>\tan{\alpha} = \tan{(\angle QAB - \angle PAB)} = \frac{(\frac{c}{b}\cdot\frac{n+1}{n-1})-(\frac{c}{b}\cdot\frac{n-1}{n+1})}{1+(\frac{c}{b}\cdot\frac{n+1}{n-1})\cdot(\frac{c}{b}\cdot\frac{n-1}{n+1})}</math>
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<math>= \frac{\frac{c}{b}\cdot\frac{4n}{n^2-1}}{1+\frac{c^2}{b^2}} = \frac{4nbc}{(n^2-1)(b^2+c^2)}=\frac{4nbc}{(n^2-1)a^2}</math>.
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Since <math>[ABC]=\frac{1}{2}bc=\frac{1}{2}ah</math>, <math>bc=ah</math> and <math>\tan{\alpha}=\frac{4nh}{(n^2-1)a}</math> as desired.
  
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==

Revision as of 14:34, 25 June 2008

Problem

In a given right triangle $ABC$, the hypotenuse $BC$, of length $a$, is divided into $n$ equal parts ($n$ and odd integer). Let $\alpha$ be the acute angle subtending, from $A$, that segment which contains the midpoint of the hypotenuse. Let $h$ be the length of the altitude to the hypotenuse of the triangle. Prove that:

$\tan{\alpha}=\frac{4nh}{(n^2-1)a}.$

Solution

Using coordinates, let $A=(0,0)$, $B=(b,0)$, and $C=(0,c)$. Also, let $PQ$ be the segment that subtends the midpoint of the hypotenuse with $P$ closer to $B$.

[asy] size(8cm); pair A,B,C,P,Q; A=(0,0); B=(4,0); C=(0,3); P=(2.08,1.44); Q=(1.92,1.56); dot(A); dot(B); dot(C); dot(P); dot(Q); label("A",A,SW); label("B",B,SE); label("C",C,NW); label("P",P,ENE); label("Q",Q,NNE); draw(A--B--C--cycle);  draw(A--P);  draw(A--Q);  [/asy]

Then, $P = \frac{n+1}{2}B+\frac{n-1}{2}C = \left(\frac{n+1}{2}b,\frac{n-1}{2}c\right)$, and $Q = \frac{n-1}{2}B+\frac{n+1}{2}C = \left(\frac{n-1}{2}b,\frac{n+1}{2}c\right)$.

So, $\text{slope}$$(PA)=\tan{\angle PAB}=\frac{c}{b}\cdot\frac{n-1}{n+1}$, and $\text{slope}$$(QA)=\tan{\angle QAB}=\frac{c}{b}\cdot\frac{n+1}{n-1}$.

Thus, $\tan{\alpha} = \tan{(\angle QAB - \angle PAB)} = \frac{(\frac{c}{b}\cdot\frac{n+1}{n-1})-(\frac{c}{b}\cdot\frac{n-1}{n+1})}{1+(\frac{c}{b}\cdot\frac{n+1}{n-1})\cdot(\frac{c}{b}\cdot\frac{n-1}{n+1})}$ $= \frac{\frac{c}{b}\cdot\frac{4n}{n^2-1}}{1+\frac{c^2}{b^2}} = \frac{4nbc}{(n^2-1)(b^2+c^2)}=\frac{4nbc}{(n^2-1)a^2}$.

Since $[ABC]=\frac{1}{2}bc=\frac{1}{2}ah$, $bc=ah$ and $\tan{\alpha}=\frac{4nh}{(n^2-1)a}$ as desired.

See Also

1960 IMO (Problems) • Resources
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