1971 Canadian MO Problems/Problem 1

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Problem

$DEB$ is a chord of a circle such that $DE=3$ and $EB=5 .$ Let $O$ be the center of the circle. Join $OE$ and extend $OE$ to cut the circle at $C.$ Given $EC=1,$ find the radius of the circle

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Solution

First, extend $CO$ to meet the circle at $P.$ Let the radius be $r.$ Applying power of a point, $(EP)(CE)=(BE)(ED)$ and $2r-1=15.$ Hence, $r=8.$

1971 Canadian MO (Problems)
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