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− | Clearly <math>BC=5</math> and <math>AC=5\sqrt{3}</math>. Choose a <math>P'</math> and get a corresponding <math>D'</math> such that <math>BD'= 5\sqrt{2}</math> and <math> | + | Clearly <math>BC=5</math> and <math>AC=5\sqrt{3}</math>. Choose a <math>P'</math> and get a corresponding <math>D'</math> such that <math>BD'= 5\sqrt{2}</math> and <math>CD'=5</math>. For <math> BD > 5\sqrt2 </math> we need <math>CD>5</math>, creating an isosceles right triangle with hypotenuse <math>5\sqrt {2}</math> . Thus the point <math>P</math> may only lie in the triangle <math>ABD'</math>. The probability of it doing so is the ratio of areas of <math>ABD'</math> to <math>ABC</math>, or equivalently, the ratio of <math>AD'</math> to <math>AC</math> because the triangles have identical altitudes when taking <math>AD'</math> and <math>AC</math> as bases. This ratio is equal to <math>\frac{AC-CD'}{AC}=1-\frac{CD'}{AC}=1-\frac{5}{5\sqrt{3}}=1-\frac{\sqrt{3}}{3}= \frac{3-\sqrt{3}}{3}</math>. Thus the answer is <math>\boxed{C}</math>. |
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Latest revision as of 17:08, 12 April 2020
Problem
Triangle is a right triangle with as its right angle, , and . Let be randomly chosen inside , and extend to meet at . What is the probability that ?
Solution
Clearly and . Choose a and get a corresponding such that and . For we need , creating an isosceles right triangle with hypotenuse . Thus the point may only lie in the triangle . The probability of it doing so is the ratio of areas of to , or equivalently, the ratio of to because the triangles have identical altitudes when taking and as bases. This ratio is equal to . Thus the answer is .
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