# Difference between revisions of "2005 AIME II Problems/Problem 14"

## Problem

In triangle $ABC, AB=13, BC=15,$ and $CA = 14.$ Point $D$ is on $\overline{BC}$ with $CD=6.$ Point $E$ is on $\overline{BC}$ such that $\angle BAE\cong \angle CAD.$ Given that $BE=\frac pq$ where $p$ and $q$ are relatively prime positive integers, find $q.$

## Solution $[asy] pointpen = black; pathpen = black + linewidth(0.7); pen f = fontsize(10); pair C = (0,0), B=(15,0), A=IP(CR(B,13), CR(C,14)), D=(6,0), E = (4410/463,0); D(MP("A",A,N,f)--MP("B",B,f)--MP("C",C,f)--A--MP("D",D,f)--A--MP("E",E,f)); MP("6",(D+C)/2,f);MP("13",(A+B)/2,NE,f);MP("14",(A+C)/2,NW,f);MP("",(D+B)/2,N,f); D(anglemark(C,A,D,50)); D(anglemark(E,A,B,50)); [/asy]$

By the Law of Sines and since $\angle BAE = \angle CAD, \angle BAD = \angle CAE$, we have \begin{align*} \frac{CD \cdot CE}{AC^2} &= \frac{\sin CAD}{\sin ADC} \cdot \frac{\sin CAE}{\sin AEC} \\ &= \frac{\sin BAE \sin BAD}{\sin ADB \sin AEB} \\ &= \frac{\sin BAE}{\sin AEB} \cdot \frac{\sin BAD}{\sin ADB}\\ &= \frac{BE \cdot BD}{AB^2} \end{align*}

Substituting our knowns, we have $\frac{CE}{BE} = \frac{3 \cdot 14^2}{2 \cdot 13^2} = \frac{BC - BE}{BE} = \frac{15}{BE} - 1 \Longrightarrow BE = \frac{13^2 \cdot 15}{463}$. The answer is $q = \boxed{463}$.

## See also

 2005 AIME II (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 13 Followed byProblem 15 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 All AIME Problems and Solutions

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