1994 AIME Problems/Problem 10
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Problem
In triangle angle is a right angle and the altitude from meets at The lengths of the sides of are integers, and , where and are relatively prime positive integers. Find
Solution 1
Since , we have . It follows that and , so and are in the form and , respectively.
By the Pythagorean Theorem, we find that , so . Letting , we obtain after dividing through by , . As , the pairs of factors of are ; clearly , so . Then, .
Thus, , and .
Solution 2
We will solve for using , which gives us . By the Pythagorean Theorem on , we have . Trying out factors of , we can either guess and check or just guess to find that and (The other pairs give answers over 999). Adding these, we have and , and our answer is .
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