# Difference between revisions of "2008 AIME II Problems/Problem 5"

## Problem 5

In trapezoid $ABCD$ with $\overline{BC}\parallel\overline{AD}$, let $BC = 1000$ and $AD = 2008$. Let $\angle A = 37^\circ$, $\angle D = 53^\circ$, and $M$ and $N$ be the midpoints of $\overline{BC}$ and $\overline{AD}$, respectively. Find the length $MN$.

## Solution

### Solution 1

Extend $\overline{AD}$ and $\overline{BC}$ to meet at a point $E$. Then $\angle AED = 180 - 53 - 37 = 90^{\circ}$.

$[asy] size(220); defaultpen(0.7+fontsize(10)); real f=100, r=1004/f; pair A=(0,0), D=(2*r, 0), N=(r,0), E=N+r*expi(74*pi/180); pair B=(126*A+125*E)/251, C=(126*D + 125*E)/251; pair[] M = intersectionpoints(N--E,B--C); draw(A--B--C--D--cycle); draw(B--E--C,dashed); draw(M[0]--N); draw(N--E,dashed); draw(rightanglemark(D,E,A,2)); picture p = new picture; draw(p,Circle(N,r),dashed+linewidth(0.5)); clip(p,A--D--D+(0,20)--A+(0,20)--cycle); add(p); label("$$A$$",A,SW); label("$$B$$",B,NW); label("$$C$$",C,NE); label("$$D$$",D,SE); label("$$E$$",E,NE); label("$$M$$",M[0],SW); label("$$N$$",N,S); label("$$1004$$",(N+D)/2,S); label("$$500$$",(M[0]+C)/2,S); [/asy]$

Since $\overline{BC} \parallel \overline{AD}$, then $BC$ and $AD$ are homothetic with respect to point $E$ by a ratio of $\frac{BC}{AD} = \frac{125}{251}$. Since the homothety carries the midpoint of $\overline{BC}$, $M$, to the midpoint of $\overline{AD}$, which is $N$, then $E,M,N$ are collinear.

As $\angle AED = 90^{\circ}$, note that the midpoint of $\overline{AD}$, $N$, is the center of the circumcircle of $\triangle AED$. We can do the same with the circumcircle about $\triangle BEC$ and $M$ (or we could apply the homothety to find $ME$ in terms of $NE$). It follows that $$NE = ND = \frac {AD}{2} = 1004, \quad ME = MC = \frac {BC}{2} = 500$$ Thus $MN = NE - ME = \boxed{504}$.

### Solution 2

$[asy] size(220); defaultpen(0.7+fontsize(10)); real f=100, r=1004/f; pair A=(0,0), D=(2*r, 0), N=(r,0), E=N+r*expi(74*pi/180); pair B=(126*A+125*E)/251, C=(126*D + 125*E)/251; pair[] M = intersectionpoints(N--E,B--C); pair F = foot(B,A,D), G=foot(C,A,D), H=foot(M[0],A,D); draw(A--B--C--D--cycle); draw(M[0]--N); draw(B--F,dashed); draw(C--G,dashed); draw(M[0]--H,dashed); label("$$A$$",A,SW); label("$$B$$",B,NW); label("$$C$$",C,NE); label("$$D$$",D,NE); label("$$F$$",F,S); label("$$G$$",G,SW); label("$$M$$",M[0],SW); label("$$N$$",N,S); label("$$H$$",H,S); label("$$x$$",(N+H)/2+(0,1),S); label("$$h$$",(B+F)/2,W); label("$$h$$",(C+G)/2,W); label("$$1000$$",(B+C)/2,NE); label("$$504-x$$",(G+D)/2,S); label("$$504+x$$",(A+F)/2,S); label("$$h$$",(M+H)/2,W); [/asy]$

Let $F,G,H$ be the feet of the perpendiculars from $B,C,M$ onto $\overline{AD}$, respectively. Let $x = NH$, so $DG = 1004 - 500 - x = 504 - x$ and $AF = 1004 - (500 - x) = 504 + x$. Also, let $h = BF = CG = HM$.

By AA~, we have that $\triangle AFB \sim \triangle CGD$, and so $$\frac{BF}{AF} = \frac {DG}{CG} \Longleftrightarrow \frac{h}{504+x} = \frac{504-x}{h} \Longrightarrow x^2 + h^2 = 504^2.$$

By the Pythagorean Theorem on $\triangle MHN$, $$MN^{2} = x^2 + h^2 = 504^2,$$ so $MN = \boxed{504}$.

### Solution 3

If you drop perpendiculars from $B$ and $C$ to $AD$, and call the points if you drop perpendiculars from $B$ and $C$ to $\overline{AD}$ and call the points where they meet $\overline{AD}$, $E$ and $F$ respectively and call $FD = x$ and $EA = 1008-x$ , then you can solve an equation in tangents. Since $\angle{A} = 37$ and $\angle{D} = 53$, you can solve the equation [by cross-multiplication]:

\begin{align*}\tan{37}\times (1008-x) &= \tan{53} \times x\\ \frac{(1008-x)}{x} &= \frac{\tan{53}}{\tan{37}} = \frac{\sin{53}}{\cos{53}} \times\frac{\sin{37}}{\cos{37}}\end{align*}

However, we know that $\cos{90-x} = sin{x}$ and $\sin{90-x} = cos{x}$ are co-functions. Applying this,

\begin{align*}\frac{(1008-x)}{x} &= \frac{\sin^2{53}}{\cos^2{53}} \\ x\sin^2{53} &= 1008\cos^2{53} - x\cos^2{53}\\ x(\sin^2{53} + \cos^2{53}) &= 1008\cos^2{53}\\ x = 1008\cos^2{53} &\Longrightarrow 1008-x = 1008\sin^2{53} \end{align*} Now, if we can find $1004 - (EA + 500)$, and the height of the trapezoid, we can create a right triangle and use the Pythagorean Theorem to find $MN$.

The leg of the right triangle along the horizontal is:

$$1004 - 1008\sin^2{53} - 500 = 504 - 1008\sin^2{53}.$$

Now to find the other leg of the right triangle (also the height of the trapezoid), we can simplify the following expression:

\begin{align*}\tan{37} \times 1008 \sin^2{53} = \tan{37} \times 1008 \cos^2{37} = 1008\cos{37}\sin{37} = 504\sin74\end{align*}

Now we used Pythagorean Theorem and get that $MN$ is equal to:

\begin{align*}&\sqrt{(1008\sin^2{53} + 500 -1004)^2 + (504\sin{74})^2} = 504\sqrt{1-2\sin^2{53} + \sin^2{74}} \end{align*}

However, $1-2\sin^2{53} = \cos^2{106}$ and $\sin^2{74} = \sin^2{106}$ so now we end up with:

$$504\sqrt{\cos^2{106} + \sin^2{106}} =\fbox{504}.$$

## See also

 2008 AIME II (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) Preceded byProblem 4 Followed byProblem 6 1 • 2 • 3 • 4 • 5 • 6 • 7 • 8 • 9 • 10 • 11 • 12 • 13 • 14 • 15 All AIME Problems and Solutions
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