2006 AIME I Problems/Problem 14

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A tripod has three legs each of length $5$ feet. When the tripod is set up, the angle between any pair of legs is equal to the angle between any other pair, and the top of the tripod is $4$ feet from the ground. In setting up the tripod, the lower 1 foot of one leg breaks off. Let $h$ be the height in feet of the top of the tripod from the ground when the broken tripod is set up. Then $h$ can be written in the form $\frac m{\sqrt{n}},$ where $m$ and $n$ are positive integers and $n$ is not divisible by the square of any prime. Find $\lfloor m+\sqrt{n}\rfloor.$ (The notation $\lfloor x\rfloor$ denotes the greatest integer that is less than or equal to $x.$)

Solution 1

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We will use $[...]$ to denote volume (four letters), area (three letters) or length (two letters).

Let $T$ be the top of the tripod, $A,B,C$ are end points of three legs. Let $S$ be the point on $TA$ such that $[TS] = 4$ and $[SA] = 1$. Let $O$ be the center of the base equilateral triangle $ABC$. Let $M$ be the midpoint of segment $BC$. Let $h$ be the distance from $T$ to the triangle $SBC$ ($h$ is what we want to find).

We have the volume ratio $\frac {[TSBC]}{[TABC]} = \frac {[TS]}{[TA]} = \frac {4}{5}$.

So $\frac {h\cdot [SBC]}{[TO]\cdot [ABC]} = \frac {4}{5}$.

We also have the area ratio $\frac {[SBC]}{[ABC]} = \frac {[SM]}{[AM]}$.

The triangle $TOA$ is a $3-4-5$ right triangle so $[AM] = \frac {3}{2}\cdot[AO] = \frac {9}{2}$ and $\cos{\angle{TAO}} = \frac {3}{5}$.

Applying Law of Cosines to the triangle $SAM$ with $[SA] = 1$, $[AM] = \frac {9}{2}$ and $\cos{\angle{SAM}} = \frac {3}{5}$, we find:

$[SM] = \frac {\sqrt {5\cdot317}}{10}.$

Putting it all together, we find $h = \frac {144}{\sqrt {5\cdot317}}$.

$\lfloor 144+\sqrt{5 \cdot 317}\rfloor =144+ \lfloor \sqrt{5 \cdot 317}\rfloor =144+\lfloor \sqrt{1585} \rfloor =144+39=\boxed{183}$.

Solution 2

We note that $AO=3$. From this we can derive that the side length of the equilateral is $3\sqrt{3}$. We now use 3D coordinate geometry. \[A = (0,0,0)\] \[B = (3\sqrt{3},0,0)\] \[C = (\frac{3\sqrt{3}}{2}, \frac{9}{2}, 0)\] \[T = (\frac{3\sqrt{3}}{2}, \frac{3}{2}, 4)\] \[S= (\frac{3\sqrt{3}}{10}, \frac{3}{10}, \frac{4}{5})\] We know three points of plane $SCB$ hence we can write out the equation for the plane. Plane $SCB$ can be expressed as \[4\sqrt{3}x+4y+39z-36=0.\]

Applying the distance between a point and a plane formula.

\[\frac{ax+by+cz+d}{\sqrt{a^{2}+b^{2}+c^{2}}} = \frac{4\sqrt{3} \cdot \frac{3\sqrt{3}}{2} + 4\cdot \frac{3}{2} + 39 \cdot 4 -36}{\sqrt{(4\sqrt{3})^2+4^2+39^2}} = \frac{144}{\sqrt{1585}}\]

\[\lfloor m+\sqrt{n}\rfloor = \lfloor 144+\sqrt{1585}\rfloor = 183\]

Solution by SimonSun

Solution 3

See also

2006 AIME I (ProblemsAnswer KeyResources)
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Problem 13
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Problem 15
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