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== Problem ==
 
== Problem ==
Triangle <math> ABC </math> lies in the Cartesian Plane and has an area of 70. The coordinates of <math> B </math> and <math> C </math> are <math> (12,19) </math> and <math> (23,20), </math> respectively, and the coordinates of <math> A </math> are <math> (p,q). </math> The line containing the median to side <math> BC </math> has slope <math> -5. </math> Find the largest possible value of <math> p+q. </math>
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[[Triangle]] <math> ABC </math> lies in the [[Cartesian Plane]] and has an [[area]] of 70. The coordinates of <math> B </math> and <math> C </math> are <math> (12,19) </math> and <math> (23,20), </math> respectively, and the coordinates of <math> A </math> are <math> (p,q). </math> The [[line]] containing the [[median]] to side <math> BC </math> has [[slope]] <math> -5. </math> Find the largest possible value of <math> p+q. </math>
  
 
== Solution ==
 
== Solution ==
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The [[midpoint]] <math>M</math> of [[line segment]] <math>\overline{BC}</math> is <math>\left(\frac{35}{2}, \frac{39}{2}\right)</math>.  Let <math>A'</math> be the point <math>(17, 22)</math>, which lies along the line through <math>M</math> of slope <math>-5</math>.  The area of triangle <math>A'BC</math> can be computed in a number of ways (one possibility: extend <math>A'B</math> until it hits the line <math>y = 19</math>, and subtract one triangle from another), and each such calculation gives an area of 14.  This is <math>\frac{1}{5}</math> of our needed area, so we simply need the point <math>A</math> to be 5 times as far from <math>M</math> as <math>A'</math> is.  Thus <math>A = \left(\frac{35}{2}, \frac{39}{2}\right) \pm 5\left(-\frac{1}{2}, \frac{5}{2}\right)</math>, and the sum of coordinates will be larger if we take the positive value, so <math>A = \left(\frac{35}{2} - \frac{5}2, \frac{39}{2} + \frac{25}{2}\right)</math> and the answer is <math>\frac{35}{2} - \frac{5}2 + \frac{39}{2} + \frac{25}{2} = 047</math>.
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== See also ==
 
== See also ==
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* [[2005 AIME I Problems/Problem 9 | Previous problem]]
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* [[2005 AIME I Problems/Problem 11 | Next problem]]
 
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Revision as of 14:35, 17 January 2007

Problem

Triangle $ABC$ lies in the Cartesian Plane and has an area of 70. The coordinates of $B$ and $C$ are $(12,19)$ and $(23,20),$ respectively, and the coordinates of $A$ are $(p,q).$ The line containing the median to side $BC$ has slope $-5.$ Find the largest possible value of $p+q.$

Solution

The midpoint $M$ of line segment $\overline{BC}$ is $\left(\frac{35}{2}, \frac{39}{2}\right)$. Let $A'$ be the point $(17, 22)$, which lies along the line through $M$ of slope $-5$. The area of triangle $A'BC$ can be computed in a number of ways (one possibility: extend $A'B$ until it hits the line $y = 19$, and subtract one triangle from another), and each such calculation gives an area of 14. This is $\frac{1}{5}$ of our needed area, so we simply need the point $A$ to be 5 times as far from $M$ as $A'$ is. Thus $A = \left(\frac{35}{2}, \frac{39}{2}\right) \pm 5\left(-\frac{1}{2}, \frac{5}{2}\right)$, and the sum of coordinates will be larger if we take the positive value, so $A = \left(\frac{35}{2} - \frac{5}2, \frac{39}{2} + \frac{25}{2}\right)$ and the answer is $\frac{35}{2} - \frac{5}2 + \frac{39}{2} + \frac{25}{2} = 047$.


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