1964 AHSME Problems/Problem 13
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Problem 13
A circle is inscribed in a triangle with side lengths , and . Let the segments of the side of length , made by a point of tangency, be and , with . What is the ratio ?
Solution 1
Label our triangle where that , , and . Let , , and be the tangency points of , , and respectively. Let , which implies . Thus and .
Since , . Thus , hence our answer is .
Solution 2
Let the three sides of be split into two lengths each, for a total of six segments. Because the vertices of the triangle form two congruent external tangents to the triangle each, there are really only three unique lengths, and two of these three lengths each make up a side. Thus, we can make a system of three equations in there variables: .
Adding all three equations and dividing by gives . Subtracting each equation from that gives
Thus, makes up the shortest side of . The ratio is , or , which is answer .
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