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== Problem ==
 
== Problem ==
 
Let <math>ABC</math> be [[equilateral triangle|equilateral]], and <math>D, E,</math> and <math>F</math> be the [[midpoint]]s of <math>\overline{BC}, \overline{CA},</math> and <math>\overline{AB},</math> respectively.  There exist [[point]]s <math>P, Q,</math> and <math>R</math> on <math>\overline{DE}, \overline{EF},</math> and <math>\overline{FD},</math> respectively, with the property that <math>P</math> is on <math>\overline{CQ}, Q</math> is on <math>\overline{AR},</math> and <math>R</math> is on <math>\overline{BP}.</math>  The [[ratio]] of the area of triangle <math>ABC</math> to the area of triangle <math>PQR</math> is <math>a + b\sqrt {c},</math> where <math>a, b</math> and <math>c</math> are integers, and <math>c</math> is not divisible by the square of any [[prime]].  What is <math>a^{2} + b^{2} + c^{2}</math>?
 
Let <math>ABC</math> be [[equilateral triangle|equilateral]], and <math>D, E,</math> and <math>F</math> be the [[midpoint]]s of <math>\overline{BC}, \overline{CA},</math> and <math>\overline{AB},</math> respectively.  There exist [[point]]s <math>P, Q,</math> and <math>R</math> on <math>\overline{DE}, \overline{EF},</math> and <math>\overline{FD},</math> respectively, with the property that <math>P</math> is on <math>\overline{CQ}, Q</math> is on <math>\overline{AR},</math> and <math>R</math> is on <math>\overline{BP}.</math>  The [[ratio]] of the area of triangle <math>ABC</math> to the area of triangle <math>PQR</math> is <math>a + b\sqrt {c},</math> where <math>a, b</math> and <math>c</math> are integers, and <math>c</math> is not divisible by the square of any [[prime]].  What is <math>a^{2} + b^{2} + c^{2}</math>?
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== Solution ==
  
 
[[Image:1998_AIME-12.png]]
 
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== Solution ==
 
 
We let <math>x = EP = FQ</math>, <math>y = EQ</math>, <math>k = PQ</math>. Since <math>AE = \frac {1}{2}AB</math> and <math>AD = \frac {1}{2}AC</math>, <math>\triangle AED \sim \triangle ABC</math> and <math>ED \parallel BC</math>.
 
We let <math>x = EP = FQ</math>, <math>y = EQ</math>, <math>k = PQ</math>. Since <math>AE = \frac {1}{2}AB</math> and <math>AD = \frac {1}{2}AC</math>, <math>\triangle AED \sim \triangle ABC</math> and <math>ED \parallel BC</math>.
  
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[[Category:Intermediate Geometry Problems]]
 
[[Category:Intermediate Geometry Problems]]
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Problem

Let $ABC$ be equilateral, and $D, E,$ and $F$ be the midpoints of $\overline{BC}, \overline{CA},$ and $\overline{AB},$ respectively. There exist points $P, Q,$ and $R$ on $\overline{DE}, \overline{EF},$ and $\overline{FD},$ respectively, with the property that $P$ is on $\overline{CQ}, Q$ is on $\overline{AR},$ and $R$ is on $\overline{BP}.$ The ratio of the area of triangle $ABC$ to the area of triangle $PQR$ is $a + b\sqrt {c},$ where $a, b$ and $c$ are integers, and $c$ is not divisible by the square of any prime. What is $a^{2} + b^{2} + c^{2}$?

Solution

1998 AIME-12.png

We let $x = EP = FQ$, $y = EQ$, $k = PQ$. Since $AE = \frac {1}{2}AB$ and $AD = \frac {1}{2}AC$, $\triangle AED \sim \triangle ABC$ and $ED \parallel BC$.

By alternate interior angles, we have $\angle PEQ = \angle BFQ$ and $\angle EPQ = \angle FBQ$. By vertical angles, $\angle EQP = \angle FQB$.

Thus $\triangle EQP \sim \triangle FQB$, so $\frac {EP}{EQ} = \frac {FB}{FQ}\Longrightarrow\frac {x}{y} = \frac {1}{x}\Longrightarrow x^{2} = y$.

Since $\triangle EDF$ is equilateral, $EQ + FQ = EF = BF = 1\Longrightarrow x + y = 1$. Solving for $x$ and $y$ using $x^{2} = y$ and $x + y = 1$ gives $x = \frac {\sqrt {5} - 1}{2}$ and $y = \frac {3 - \sqrt {5}}{2}$.

Using the Law of Cosines, we get

$k^{2}  =  x^{2} + y^{2} - 2xy\cos{\frac {\pi}{3}}$
$=  \left(\frac {\sqrt {5} - 1}{2}\right)^{2} + \left(\frac {3 - \sqrt {5}}{2}\right)^{2} - 2\left(\frac {\sqrt {5} - 1}{2}\right)\left(\frac {3 - \sqrt {5}}{2}\right)\cos{\frac {\pi}{3}}$
$= 7 - 3\sqrt {5}$

We want the ratio of the squares of the sides, so $\frac {(2)^{2}}{k^{2}} = \frac {4}{7 - 3\sqrt {5}} = 7 + 3\sqrt {5}$ so $a^{2} + b^{2} + c^{2} = 7^{2} + 3^{2} + 5^{2} = \boxed{083}$.

See also

1998 AIME (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 11
Followed by
Problem 13
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