2007 AIME II Problems/Problem 3
Problem
Square has side length , and points and are exterior to the square such that and . Find .
Solution
Solution 1
Extend and to their points of intersection. Since and are both right triangles, we can come to the conclusion that the two new triangles are also congruent to these two (use ASA, as we know all the sides are and the angles are mostly complementary). Thus, we create a square with sides .
is the diagonal of the square, with length ; the answer is .
Solution 2
A slightly more analytic/brute-force approach:
Drop perpendiculars from and to and , respectively; construct right triangle with right angle at K and . Since , we have . Similarly, . Since , we have .
Now, we see that . Also, . By the Pythagorean Theorem, we have . Therefore, .
See also
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