2000 AIME II Problems/Problem 10
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Problem
A circle is inscribed in quadrilateral , tangent to at and to at . Given that , , , and , find the square of the radius of the circle.
Solution 1
Call the center of the circle . By drawing the lines from tangent to the sides and from to the vertices of the quadrilateral, four pairs of congruent right triangles are formed.
Thus, , or .
Take the of both sides and use the identity for to get
Use the identity for again to get
Solving gives .
Note: the equation may seem nasty at first, but once you cancel the s and other factors, you are just left with . That gives us quite easily.
Solution 2
Just use the area formula for tangential quadrilaterals. The numbers are really big. A terrible problem to work on ( and are the tangent lengths, not the side lengths). .
Solution 3 (Smart algebra to make 2 less annoying)
Using the formulas established in solution 2, one notices:
which is nowhere near as hard of a calculation. In fact, this is basically the same exact calculation done at the end of solution 1, just with less opportunity to cancel coefficients beforehand.
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