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## Revision as of 14:06, 14 March 2007

## Problem

Let and denote the circles and respectively. Let be the smallest possible value of for which the line contains the center of a circle that is externally tangent to and internally tangent to Given that where and are relatively prime integers, find

## Solution

Rewrite the given equations as

Let have center and radius . Now, if two circles with radii and are externally tangent, then the distance between their centers is , and if they are internally tangent, it is . So we have

Solving for in both equations and setting them equal yields

Squaring both sides, canceling common terms, and rearranging yields

Squaring again and canceling yields

So the locus of points that can be the center of the circle with the desired properties is an ellipse.

Since the center lies on the line , we substitute for :

Expanding yields

We want the value of that makes the line tangent to the ellipse, which will mean that for that choice of there is only one solution to the most recent equation. But a quadratic has one solution iff its discriminant is 0. So

Solving yields , so the answer is 169.