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Problem 4
In parallelogram , point is on so that and point is on so that . Let be the point of intersection of and . Find .
Solution
Solution 1
One of the ways to solve this problem is to make this parallelogram a straight line. So the whole length of the line is ( or ), and is
( or ) is
So the answer is
Solution 2
Draw a diagram with all the given points and lines involved. Construct parallel lines and to , where for the lines the endpoints are on and , respectively, and each point refers to an intersection. Also, draw the median of quadrilateral where the points are in order from top to bottom. Clearly, by similar triangles, and . It is not difficult to see that is the center of quadrilateral and thus the midpoint of as well as the midpoint of (all of this is easily proven with symmetry). From more triangle similarity, .
Solution 3
Using vectors, note that and . Note that for some positive x and y, but at the same time is a scalar multiple of . So, writing the equation in terms of and , we have . But the coefficients of the two vectors must be equal because, as already stated, is a scalar multiple of . We then see that and . Finally, we have and, simplifying, $\overrightarrow{AB}+\overrightarrow{AD}}=177\overrightarrow{AP}$ (Error compiling LaTeX. ! Extra }, or forgotten $.) and the desired quantity is .
See also
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