2008 AMC 12A Problems/Problem 20

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Triangle $ABC$ has $AC=3$, $BC=4$, and $AB=5$. Point $D$ is on $\overline{AB}$, and $\overline{CD}$ bisects the right angle. The inscribed circles of $\triangle ADC$ and $\triangle BCD$ have radii $r_a$ and $r_b$, respectively. What is $r_a/r_b$?

$\mathrm{(A)}\ \frac{1}{28}\left(10-\sqrt{2}\right)\qquad\mathrm{(B)}\ \frac{3}{56}\left(10-\sqrt{2}\right)\qquad\mathrm{(C)}\ \frac{1}{14}\left(10-\sqrt{2}\right)\qquad\mathrm{(D)}\ \frac{5}{56}\left(10-\sqrt{2}\right)\\\mathrm{(E)}\ \frac{3}{28}\left(10-\sqrt{2}\right)$


[asy] import olympiad; size(300); defaultpen(0.8); pair C=(0,0),A=(0,3),B=(4,0),D=(4-2.28571,1.71429); pair O=incenter(A,C,D), P=incenter(B,C,D); picture p = new picture;  draw(p,Circle(C,0.2)); draw(p,Circle(B,0.2)); clip(p,B--C--D--cycle); add(p); draw(A--B--C--D--C--cycle); draw(incircle(A,C,D)); draw(incircle(B,C,D)); dot(O);dot(P); label("\(A\)",A,W); label("\(B\)",B,E); label("\(C\)",C,W); label("\(D\)",D,NE); label("\(O_A\)",O,W); label("\(O_B\)",P,W); label("\(3\)",(A+C)/2,W); label("\(4\)",(B+C)/2,S); label("\(\frac{15}{7}\)",(A+D)/2,NE); label("\(\frac{20}{7}\)",(B+D)/2,NE); label("\(45^{\circ}\)",(.2,.1),E); label("\(\sin \theta = \frac{3}{5}\)",B-(.2,-.1),W); [/asy]

By the Angle Bisector Theorem, \[\frac{BD}{4} = \frac{5-BD}{3} \Longrightarrow BD = \frac{20}7\] By Law of Sines on $\triangle BCD$, \[\frac{BD}{\sin 45^{\circ}} = \frac{CD}{\sin \angle B} \Longrightarrow \frac{20/7}{\sqrt{2}/2} = \frac{CD}{3/5} \Longrightarrow CD=\frac{12\sqrt{2}}{7}\] Since the area of a triangle satisfies $[\triangle]=rs$, where $r =$ the inradius and $s =$ the semiperimeter, we have \[\frac{r_A}{r_B} = \frac{[ACD] \cdot s_B}{[BCD] \cdot s_A}\] Since $\triangle ACD$ and $\triangle BCD$ share the altitude (to $\overline{AB}$), their areas are the ratio of their bases, or \[\frac{[ACD]}{[BCD]} = \frac{AD}{BD} = \frac{3}{4}\] The semiperimeters are $s_A = \left(3 + \frac{15}{7} + \frac{12\sqrt{2}}{7}\right)\left/\right.2 = \frac{18+6\sqrt{2}}{7}$ and $s_B = \frac{24+ 6\sqrt{2}}{7}$. Thus, \begin{align*} \frac{r_A}{r_B} &= \frac{[ACD] \cdot s_B}{[BCD] \cdot s_A} = \frac{3}{4} \cdot \frac{(24+ 6\sqrt{2})/7}{(18+6\sqrt{2})/7} \\ &= \frac{3(4+\sqrt{2})}{4(3+\sqrt{2})} \cdot \left(\frac{3-\sqrt{2}}{3-\sqrt{2}}\right) = \frac{3}{28}(10-\sqrt{2}) \Rightarrow \mathrm{(E)}\qquad \blacksquare \end{align*}

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