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We get:
 
We get:
  
<math>\frac{AB}{sin(\angle{AXB})} =\frac{AX}{sin(\angle{ABX})}</math>
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<math>\frac{AB}{\sin(\angle{AXB})} =\frac{AX}{\sin(\angle{ABX})}</math>
  
 
That's equal to
 
That's equal to
  
<math>\frac{cos(6)}{sin(180-18)} =\frac{AX}{sin(12)}</math>
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<math>\frac{\cos(6)}{\sin(180-18)} =\frac{AX}{\sin(12)}</math>
  
 
Therefore, our answer is equal to:
 
Therefore, our answer is equal to:
 
<math>\fbox{B}</math>
 
<math>\fbox{B}</math>
  
Note that <math>sin(162) = sin(18)</math>, and don't accidentally put <math>\fbox{C}</math> because you thought 1/sin was sec!
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Note that <math>\sin(162) = \sin(18)</math>, and don't accidentally put <math>\fbox{C}</math> because you thought <math>\frac{1}{\sin}</math> was <math>\sec</math>!
  
 
== See also ==
 
== See also ==

Revision as of 00:26, 2 August 2020

Problem

[asy] draw(circle((0,0),10),black+linewidth(.75)); draw((-10,0)--(10,0),black+linewidth(.75)); draw((-10,0)--(9,sqrt(19)),black+linewidth(.75)); draw((-10,0)--(9,-sqrt(19)),black+linewidth(.75)); draw((2,0)--(9,sqrt(19)),black+linewidth(.75)); draw((2,0)--(9,-sqrt(19)),black+linewidth(.75)); MP("X",(2,0),N);MP("A",(-10,0),W);MP("D",(10,0),E);MP("B",(9,sqrt(19)),E);MP("C",(9,-sqrt(19)),E); [/asy]

Points $A,B,C$ and $D$ are on a circle of diameter $1$, and $X$ is on diameter $\overline{AD}.$

If $BX=CX$ and $3\angle{BAC}=\angle{BXC}=36^\circ$, then $AX=$


$\text{(A) } cos(6^\circ)cos(12^\circ)sec(18^\circ)\quad\\ \text{(B) } cos(6^\circ)sin(12^\circ)csc(18^\circ)\quad\\ \text{(C) } cos(6^\circ)sin(12^\circ)sec(18^\circ)\quad\\ \text{(D) } sin(6^\circ)sin(12^\circ)csc(18^\circ)\quad\\ \text{(E) } sin(6^\circ)sin(12^\circ)sec(18^\circ)$

Solution

We have all the angles we need, but most obviously, we see that right angle in triangle $ABD$.

Note also that angle $BAD$ is 6 degrees, so length $AB = cos(6)$ because the diameter, $AD$, is 1.

Now, we can concentrate on triangle $ABX$ (after all, now we can decipher all angles easily and use Law of Sines).

We get:

$\frac{AB}{\sin(\angle{AXB})} =\frac{AX}{\sin(\angle{ABX})}$

That's equal to

$\frac{\cos(6)}{\sin(180-18)} =\frac{AX}{\sin(12)}$

Therefore, our answer is equal to: $\fbox{B}$

Note that $\sin(162) = \sin(18)$, and don't accidentally put $\fbox{C}$ because you thought $\frac{1}{\sin}$ was $\sec$!

See also

1993 AHSME (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
Preceded by
Problem 22
Followed by
Problem 24
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