2008 AIME II Problems/Problem 11

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Problem

In triangle $ABC$, $AB = AC = 100$, and $BC = 56$. Circle $P$ has radius $16$ and is tangent to $\overline{AC}$ and $\overline{BC}$. Circle $Q$ is externally tangent to $P$ and is tangent to $\overline{AB}$ and $\overline{BC}$. No point of circle $Q$ lies outside of $\triangle ABC$. The radius of circle $Q$ can be expressed in the form $m - n\sqrt {k}$, where $m$, $n$, and $k$ are positive integers and $k$ is the product of distinct primes. Find $m + nk$.

Solution

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Let $X$ and $Y$ be the feet of the perpendiculars from $P$ and $Q$ to $BC$, respectively. Let the radius of $\odot Q$ be $r$. We know that $PQ = r + 16$. From $Q$ draw segment $\overline{QM} \parallel \overline{BC}$ such that $M$ is on $PX$. Clearly, $QM = XY$ and $PM = 16-r$. Also, we know $QPM$ is a right triangle.

To find $XC$, consider the right triangle $PCX$. Since $\odot P$ is tangent to $\overline{AC},\overline{BC}$, then $PC$ bisects $\angle ACB$. Let $\angle ACB = 2\theta$; then $\angle PCX = \angle QBX = \theta$. Dropping the altitude from $A$ to $BC$, we recognize the $7 - 24 - 25$ right triangle, except scaled by $4$.

So we get that $\tan(2\theta) = 24/7$. From the half-angle identity, we find that $\tan(\theta) = \frac {3}{4}$. Therefore, $XC = \frac {64}{3}$. By similar reasoning in triangle $QBY$, we see that $BY = \frac {4r}{3}$.

We conclude that $XY = 56 - \frac {4r + 64}{3} = \frac {104 - 4r}{3}$.

So our right triangle $QPM$ has sides $r + 16$, $r - 16$, and $\frac {104 - 4r}{3}$.

By the Pythagorean Theorem, simplification, and the quadratic formula, we can get $r = 44 - 6\sqrt {35}$, for a final answer of $\fbox{254}$.

Solution 2(pure synthetic)

Refer to the above diagram. Let the larger circle have center $O_1$, the smaller have center $O_2$, and the incenter be $I$. We can easily calculate that the area of $\triangle ABC = 2688$, and $s = 128$ and $R = 21$, where $R$ is the inradius.

Now, Line $\overline{AI}$ is the perpendicular bisector of $\overline{BC}$, as $\triangle ABC$ is isosceles. Letting the point of intersection be $X$, we get that $BX = 28$ and $IX = 21$, and $B, O_2, I$ are collinear as $O_2$ is equidistant from $\overline{AB}$ and $\overline{BC}$. By Pythagoras, $BI = 35$, and we notice that $\triangle BIX$ is a 3-4-5 right triangle.

Letting $r$ be the desired radius and letting $Y$ be the projection of $O_2$ onto $\overline{BC}$, we find that $BY = \frac{4r}{3}$. Similarly, we find that the distance between the projection from $O_1$ onto $\overline{BC}$, $W$, and $C$, is $\frac{64}{3}$. From there, we let the projection of $O_2$ onto $\overline{O_1W}$ be $Z$, and we have $O_2Z = 28 - \frac{4r}{3} + \frac{20}{3}$, $O_1Z = 16 - r$, and $O_1O_2 = 16 + r$. We finish with Pythagoras on $\triangle O_1O_2Z$, whence we get the desired answer of $\boxed{254}$. - Spacesam

See also

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Preceded by
Problem 10
Followed by
Problem 12
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