2007 AIME I Problems/Problem 15
Problem
Let be an equilateral triangle, and let and be points on sides and , respectively, with and . Point lies on side such that angle . The area of triangle is . The two possible values of the length of side are , where and are rational, and is an integer not divisible by the square of a prime. Find .
Solution
Denote the length of a side of the triangle , and of as . The area of the entire equilateral triangle is . Add up the areas of the triangles using the formula (notice that for the three outside triangles, ): . This simplifies to . Some terms will cancel out, leaving .
is an external angle to , from which we find that , so . Similarly, we find that . Thus, . Setting up a ratio of sides, we get that . Using the previous relationship between and , we can solve for .
Use the quadratic formula, though we only need the root of the discriminant. This is . The answer is .
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