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Chords $AA'$, $BB'$, and $CC'$ of a sphere meet at an interior point $P$ but are not contained in the same plane. The sphere through $A$, $B$, $C$, and $P$ is tangent to the sphere through $A'$, $B'$, $C'$, and $P$. Prove that $AA'=BB'=CC'$.


Consider the plane through $A,A',B,B'$. This plane, of course, also contains $P$. We can easily find the $\triangle APB$ is isosceles because the base angles are equal. Thus, $AP=BP$. Similarly, $A'P=B'P$. Thus, $AA'=BB'$. By symmetry, $BB'=CC'$ and $CC'=AA'$, and hence $AA'=BB'=CC'$ as desired.



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