2009 USAMO Problems/Problem 1
Given circles and intersecting at points and , let be a line through the center of intersecting at points and and let be a line through the center of intersecting at points and . Prove that if and lie on a circle then the center of this circle lies on line .
Let be the circumcircle of , to be the radius of , and to be the center of the circle , where . Note that and are the radical axises of , and , respectively. Hence, by power of a point(the power of can be expressed using circle and and the power of can be expressed using circle and ), Subtracting these two equations yields that , so must lie on the radical axis of , .
Conveniently, this analytic solution takes care of all configuration issues we may have encountered had we used a more traditional solution, such as angle-chasing(which would indeed work, just be considerably less elegant).
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