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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>. The equation of the median can be found by <math>-5 = \frac{q - \frac{ | + | The [[midpoint]] <math>M</math> of [[line segment]] <math>\overline{BC}</math> is <math>\left(\frac{35}{2}, \frac{39}{2}\right)</math>. The equation of the median can be found by <math>-5 = \frac{q - \frac{39}{2}}{p - \frac{35}{2}}</math>. Cross multiply and simplify to yield that <math>-5p + \frac{35 \cdot 5}{2} = q - \frac{39}{2}</math>, so <math>q = -5p + 107</math>. |
Use [[determinant]]s to find that the [[area]] of <math>\triangle ABC</math> is <math>\frac{1}{2} \begin{vmatrix}p & 12 & 23 \\ q & 19 & 20 \\ 1 & 1 & 1\end{vmatrix} = 70</math> (note that there is a missing [[absolute value]]; we will assume that the other solution for the triangle will give a smaller value of <math>p+q</math>, which is provable by following these steps over again). We can calculate this determinant to become <math>140 = \begin{vmatrix} 12 & 23 \\ 19 & 20 \end{vmatrix} - \begin{vmatrix} p & q \\ 23 & 20 \end{vmatrix} + \begin{vmatrix} p & q \\ 12 & 19 \end{vmatrix}</math> <math>\Longrightarrow 140 = 240 - 437 - 20p + 23q + 19p - 12q</math> <math>= -197 - p + 11q</math>. Thus, <math>q = \frac{1}{11}p - \frac{337}{11}</math>. | Use [[determinant]]s to find that the [[area]] of <math>\triangle ABC</math> is <math>\frac{1}{2} \begin{vmatrix}p & 12 & 23 \\ q & 19 & 20 \\ 1 & 1 & 1\end{vmatrix} = 70</math> (note that there is a missing [[absolute value]]; we will assume that the other solution for the triangle will give a smaller value of <math>p+q</math>, which is provable by following these steps over again). We can calculate this determinant to become <math>140 = \begin{vmatrix} 12 & 23 \\ 19 & 20 \end{vmatrix} - \begin{vmatrix} p & q \\ 23 & 20 \end{vmatrix} + \begin{vmatrix} p & q \\ 12 & 19 \end{vmatrix}</math> <math>\Longrightarrow 140 = 240 - 437 - 20p + 23q + 19p - 12q</math> <math>= -197 - p + 11q</math>. Thus, <math>q = \frac{1}{11}p - \frac{337}{11}</math>. |
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Problem
Triangle lies in the cartesian plane and has an area of . The coordinates of and are and respectively, and the coordinates of are The line containing the median to side has slope Find the largest possible value of
Solution
Solution 1
The midpoint of line segment is . The equation of the median can be found by . Cross multiply and simplify to yield that , so .
Use determinants to find that the area of is (note that there is a missing absolute value; we will assume that the other solution for the triangle will give a smaller value of , which is provable by following these steps over again). We can calculate this determinant to become . Thus, .
Setting this equation equal to the equation of the median, we get that , so . Solving produces that . Substituting backwards yields that ; the solution is .
Solution 2
Using the equation of the median from above, we can write the coordinates of as . The equation of is , so . In general form, the line is . Use the equation for the distance between a line and point to find the distance between and (which is the height of ): . Now we need the length of , which is . The area of is . Thus, , and . We are looking for . The maximum possible value of .
Solution 3
Again, the midpoint of line segment is at . Let be the point , which lies along the line through of slope . The area of triangle can be computed in a number of ways (one possibility: extend until it hits the line , and subtract one triangle from another), and each such calculation gives an area of 14. This is of our needed area, so we simply need the point to be 5 times as far from as is. Thus , and the sum of coordinates will be larger if we take the positive value, so and the answer is .
See also
2005 AIME I (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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Followed by Problem 11 | |
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