1993 AHSME Problems/Problem 27
Problem
The sides of have lengths and . A circle with center and radius rolls around the inside of , always remaining tangent to at least one side of the triangle. When first returns to its original position, through what distance has traveled?
Solution
Start by considering the triangle traced by as the circle moves around the triangle. It turns out this triangle is similar to the triangle (Proof: Realize that the slope of the line made while the circle is on is the same as line and that it makes a right angle when the circle switches from being on to ). Then, drop the perpendiculars as shown.
Since the smaller triangle is also a triangle, we can label the sides and as and respectively. Now, it is clear that , so since and are both tangent to the circle P at some point. We can apply the same logic to the other side as well to get . Finally, since we have , we have , so and \fbox{(B) 12}$
See also
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