2005 AIME II Problems/Problem 14

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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 1

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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 $q = \boxed{463}$.

Solution 2 (Similar Triangles)

Drop the altitude from A and call the base of the altitude Q. Also, drop the altitudes from E and D to AB and AC respectively. Call the feet of the altitudes R and S respectively.

From here, we can use Heron's Formula to find the altitude. The area of the triangle is $\sqrt{21*6*7*8}$ = 84. We can then use similar triangles with triangle AQC and triangle DSC to find DS=$\frac{24}{5}$. Consequently, from Pythagorean theorem, SC = $\frac{18}{5}$ and AS = 14-SC = $\frac{52}{5}$. We can also use pythagorean triangle on triangle AQB to determine that BQ = $\frac{33}{5}$.

Label AR as y and RE as x. RB then equals 13-y. Then, we have two similar triangles.

Firstly: $\triangle ARE \sim \triangle ASD$. From there, we have $\frac{x}{y} = \frac{\frac{24}{5}}{\frac{53}{5}}$.

Next: $\triangle BRE \sim \triangle BQA$. From there, we have $\frac{x}{13-y} = \frac{\frac{56}{5}}{\frac{33}{5}}$.

Solve the system to get $x = \frac{2184}{463}$ and $y = \frac{4732}{463}$. Notice that 463 is prime, so even though we use pythagorean theorem on x and 13-y, the denominator won't change. The answer we desire is $\boxed{463}$.

Solution 3 (LoC and LoS bash)

Let $\angle CAD = \angle BAE = \theta$. Note by Law of Sines on $\triangle BEA$ we have \[\frac{BE}{\sin{\theta}} = \frac{AE}{\sin{B}} = \frac{AB}{\sin{\angle BEA}}\] As a result, our goal is to find $\sin{\angle BEA}$ and $\sin{\theta}$ (we already know $AB$).

Let the foot of the altitude from $A$ to $BC$ be $H$. By law of cosines on $\triangle ABC$ we have \[169 = 196 + 225 - 2 \cdot 14 \cdot 15 \cdot \cos{C} \Rightarrow \cos{C} = \frac{3}{5}\] It follows that $AH = \frac{56}{5}$ and $HC = \frac{42}{5} \Rightarrow AD = \frac{12}{5}$.

Note that by PT on $\triangle AHD$ we have that $AD^2 = \left(\frac{56}{5}\right)^2 + \left(\frac{12}{5}\right)^2 = \frac{656}{5}$. By Law of Sines on $\triangle ADC$ (where we square everything to avoid taking the square root) we see \[\frac{36}{\sin^2{\theta}} = \frac{656}{5 \cdot \frac{16}{25}} \Rightarrow \sin^2{\theta} = \frac{36}{205}.\] How are we going to find $\sin{\angle BEA}$ though? $\angle BEA$ and $\theta$ are in the same triangle. Applying Law of Sines on $\triangle ABC$ we see that \[\frac{13}{\frac{4}{5}} = \frac{14}{\sin{\angle B}} \Rightarrow \sin{\angle B} = \frac{56}{65} \Rightarrow \cos{\angle B} = \frac{33}{65}.\] $\theta$, $\angle B$, and $\angle BEA$ are all in the same triangle. We know they add up to $180^{\circ}$. There's a good chance we can exploit this using the identity $\sin{p} = \sin{180^{\circ}-p}$.

We have that $\sin{(180^{\circ} - (\theta + \angle B))} = \sin{\angle BEA} = \sin{(\theta + \angle B)}$. Success! We know $\sin{\theta}$ and $\sin{\angle B}$ already. Applying the $\sin$ addition formula we see \[\sin{\theta + \angle B} = \sin{\theta} \cos{\angle B} + \sin{\angle B} \cos{\theta} = \frac{6}{\sqrt{205}} \cdot \frac{33}{65} + \frac{56}{65} \cdot \frac{13}{\sqrt{205}}=\frac{1}{65 \cdot \sqrt{205}} (198 + 728) = \frac{926}{65 \sqrt{205}}.\] This is the last stretch! Applying Law of Sines a final time on $\triangle BEA$ we see \[\frac{BE}{\sin{\theta}} = \frac{13}{\sin{BEA}} \Rightarrow \frac{BE}{\frac{6}{\sqrt{205}}} = \frac{13}{\frac{926}{65\sqrt{205}}} \Rightarrow \frac{BE}{6} = \frac{13 \cdot 65}{926} \Rightarrow \frac{13 \cdot 65 \cdot 6}{926} = BE = \frac{2535}{463}.\] It follows that the answer is $\boxed{463}$.

Solution 4 (Ratio Lemma and Angle Bisector Theorem)

Let $AK$ be the angle bisector of $\angle A$ such that $K$ is on $BC$.

Then $\angle KAB = \angle KAC$, and thus $\angle KAE = \angle KAD$.

By the Ratio Lemma, $\frac{BE}{KE} = \frac{BA}{KA} * \frac{\sin{BAE}}{\sin{KAE}}$ and $\frac{CD}{KD} = \frac{CA}{KA} * \frac{\sin{CAD}}{\sin{KAD}}$.

This implies that $\frac{BE}{KE*BA} = \frac{CD}{KD*CA}$.

Thus, $\frac{BE}{KE} = \frac{13}{14} * \frac{6}{DK}$.

$DK = CK - 6 = 14*15/27 - 6 = 16/9$. Thus, $\frac{BE}{KE} = \frac{13*54}{14*16}$.

Additionally, $BE + KE = 9$. Solving gives that $q = 463.$

Alternate: By the ratio lemma, $BD/DC = (13/14)*(sin BAD/sin DAC)$ $EC/EB = (14/13)*(sin EAC/sin BAE)$ Combining these, we get $(BD/DC)(14/13) = (EC/EB)(13/14)$ $(3/2)(14/13)(14/13) = (15-x)(x)$ $x = 2535/463$ Thus, $q = 463$

See also

2005 AIME II (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 13
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Problem 15
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