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− | === | + | In the following, let the name of a point represent the mass located there. Since we are looking for a ratio, we assume that <math>AB=120</math>, <math>BC=169</math>, and <math>CA=260</math> in order to simplify our computations. |
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+ | First, reflect point <math>F</math> over angle bisector <math>BD</math> to a point <math>F'</math>. | ||
<center><asy> | <center><asy> | ||
size(400); pointpen = black; pathpen = black+linewidth(0.7); | size(400); pointpen = black; pathpen = black+linewidth(0.7); | ||
− | pair A=(0,0),C=(7.8,0),B=IP(CR(A,3.6),CR(C,5.07)), M=(A+C)/2, Da = bisectorpoint(A,B,C), D=IP(B--B+(Da-B)*10,A--C), F=IP(D--D+10*(B-D)*dir(270),B--C), E=IP(B--M,D--F); /* scale down by 100x */ | + | pair A=(0,0),C=(7.8,0),B=IP(CR(A,3.6),CR(C,5.07)), M=(A+C)/2, Da = bisectorpoint(A,B,C), D=IP(B--B+(Da-B)*10,A--C), F=IP(D--D+10*(B-D)*dir(270),B--C), E=IP(B--M,D--F);pair Fprime=2*D-F; /* scale down by 100x */ |
− | D(MP("A",A)--MP("B",B,N)--MP("C",C)--cycle); D(B--D(MP("D",D))--D(MP("F",F,NE))); D(B--D(MP("M",M))); MP("E",E,NE); D(rightanglemark(F,D,B,4)); MP("390",(M+C)/2); MP("390",(M+C)/2); MP("360",(A+B)/2,NW); MP("507",(B+C)/2,NE); | + | D(MP("A",A,NW)--MP("B",B,N)--MP("C",C)--cycle); D(B--D(MP("D",D))--D(MP("F",F,NE))); D(B--D(MP("M",M)));D(A--MP("F'",Fprime,SW)--D); MP("E",E,NE); D(rightanglemark(F,D,B,4)); MP("390",(M+C)/2); MP("390",(M+C)/2); MP("360",(A+B)/2,NW); MP("507",(B+C)/2,NE); |
</asy></center> | </asy></center> | ||
+ | As <math>BD</math> is an angle bisector of both triangles <math>BAC</math> and <math>BF'F</math>, we know that <math>F'</math> lies on <math>AB</math>. We can now balance triangle <math>BF'C</math> at point <math>D</math> using mass points. | ||
− | + | By the [[Angle Bisector Theorem]], we can place [[mass points]] on <math>C,D,A</math> of <math>120,\,289,\,169</math> respectively. Thus, a mass of <math>\frac {289}{2}</math> belongs at both <math>F</math> and <math>F'</math> because BD is a median of triangle <math>BF'F</math> . Therefore, <math>CB/FB=\frac{289}{240}</math>. | |
− | + | Now, we reassign mass points to determine <math>FE/FD</math>. This setup involves <math>\triangle CFD</math> and [[transversal]] <math>MEB</math>. For simplicity, put masses of <math>240</math> and <math>289</math> at <math>C</math> and <math>F</math> respectively. To find the mass we should put at <math>D</math>, we compute <math>CM/MD</math>. Applying the Angle Bisector Theorem again and using the fact <math>M</math> is a midpoint of <math>AC</math>, we find | |
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<cmath> | <cmath> | ||
− | \frac {MD}{CM} = \frac { | + | \frac {MD}{CM} = \frac {\frac{169}{289}\cdot 260 - 130}{130} = \frac {49}{289} |
</cmath> | </cmath> | ||
At this point we could find the mass at <math>D</math> but it's unnecessary. | At this point we could find the mass at <math>D</math> but it's unnecessary. | ||
<cmath> | <cmath> | ||
− | \frac {DE}{EF} = \frac {F}{D} = \frac {F}{C}\frac {C}{D} = \frac {289}{240}\frac {49}{289} = \boxed{\frac {49}{240}} | + | \frac {DE}{EF} = \frac {F}{D} = \frac {F}{C}\cdot\frac {C}{D} = \frac {289}{240}\cdot\frac {49}{289} = \boxed{\frac {49}{240}} |
</cmath> | </cmath> | ||
and the answer is <math>49 + 240 = \boxed{289}</math>. | and the answer is <math>49 + 240 = \boxed{289}</math>. |
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Problem
In and Let be the midpoint of and let be the point on such that bisects angle Let be the point on such that Suppose that meets at The ratio can be written in the form where and are relatively prime positive integers. Find
Solution
In the following, let the name of a point represent the mass located there. Since we are looking for a ratio, we assume that , , and in order to simplify our computations.
First, reflect point over angle bisector to a point .
As is an angle bisector of both triangles and , we know that lies on . We can now balance triangle at point using mass points.
By the Angle Bisector Theorem, we can place mass points on of respectively. Thus, a mass of belongs at both and because BD is a median of triangle . Therefore, .
Now, we reassign mass points to determine . This setup involves and transversal . For simplicity, put masses of and at and respectively. To find the mass we should put at , we compute . Applying the Angle Bisector Theorem again and using the fact is a midpoint of , we find At this point we could find the mass at but it's unnecessary. and the answer is .
Solution 2
By the Angle Bisector Theorem, we know that . Therefore, by finding the area of triangle , we see that Solving for yields Furthermore, , so Now by the identity , we get But then , so . Thus .
Now by the Angle Bisector Theorem, , and we know that so .
We can now use mass points on triangle CBD. Assign a mass of to point . Then must have mass and must have mass . This gives a mass of . Therefore, , giving us an answer of
See also
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