2001 AIME I Problems/Problem 4
Problem
In triangle , angles and measure degrees and degrees, respectively. The bisector of angle intersects at , and . The area of triangle can be written in the form , where , , and are positive integers, and is not divisible by the square of any prime. Find .
Solution
After chasing angles, and , meaning is an isosceles triangle and .
Using law of sines on , we can create the following equation:
and , so .
We can then use the Law of Sines area formula to find the area of the triangle.
can be found through the sin addition formula.
Therefore, the area of the triangle is
Solution 2 (no trig)
First, draw a good diagram.
We realize that , and . Therefore, as well, making an isosceles triangle. and are congruent, so . We now drop an altitude from , and call the foot this altitude point .
By 30-60-90 triangles, and .
We also notice that is an isosceles right triangle. is congruent to , which makes . The base is , and the altitude . We can easily find that the area of triangle is , so .
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