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==Solution 2== | ==Solution 2== | ||
Set the cube at the origin and the adjacent vertices as (10, 0, 0), (0, 10, 0) and (0, 0, 10). Then consider the plane ax + by + cz = 0. Because A has distance 0 to it (and distance d to the original, parallel plane), the distance from the other vertices to the plane is 10-d, 11-d, and 12-d respectively. The distance formula gives <cmath>\frac{a(10)}{\sqrt{a^2 + b^2 + c^2}} = 10-d,</cmath> <cmath>\frac{b(10)}{\sqrt{a^2 + b^2 + c^2}} = 11-d,</cmath> and <cmath>\frac{c(10)}{\sqrt{a^2 + b^2 + c^2}} = 12-d.</cmath> Squaring each equation and then adding yields <math>100=(10-d)^2+(11-d)^2+(12-d)^2</math>, and we can proceed as in the first solution. | Set the cube at the origin and the adjacent vertices as (10, 0, 0), (0, 10, 0) and (0, 0, 10). Then consider the plane ax + by + cz = 0. Because A has distance 0 to it (and distance d to the original, parallel plane), the distance from the other vertices to the plane is 10-d, 11-d, and 12-d respectively. The distance formula gives <cmath>\frac{a(10)}{\sqrt{a^2 + b^2 + c^2}} = 10-d,</cmath> <cmath>\frac{b(10)}{\sqrt{a^2 + b^2 + c^2}} = 11-d,</cmath> and <cmath>\frac{c(10)}{\sqrt{a^2 + b^2 + c^2}} = 12-d.</cmath> Squaring each equation and then adding yields <math>100=(10-d)^2+(11-d)^2+(12-d)^2</math>, and we can proceed as in the first solution. | ||
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+ | ==Solution 3== | ||
+ | Let the vertices with distance <math>10,11,12</math> be <math>B,C,D</math>, respectively. An equilateral triangle <math>\triangle BCD</math> is formed with side length <math>10\sqrt{2}</math>. We care only about the <math>z</math> coordinate: <math>B=10,C=11,D=12</math>. It is well known that the centroid of a triangle is the average of the coordinates of its three vertices, so <math>\text{centroid}=(10+11+12)/3=11</math>. Designate the midpoint of <math>BD</math> as <math>M</math>. Notice that median <math>CM</math> is parallel to the plane because the <math>\text{centroid}</math> and vertex <math>C</math> have the same <math>z</math> coordinate, <math>11</math>, and the median contains <math>C</math> and the <math>\text{centroid}</math>. We seek the angle of the line through the centroid perpendicular to the plane formed by <math>\triangle BCD</math> with the plane under the cube, <math>\theta</math>. Since the median is parallel to the plane, this orthogonal line is also perpendicular <math>in slope</math> to <math>AC</math>. Since <math>AC</math> makes a <math>2-14-10\sqrt{2}</math> right triangle, the orthogonal line makes the same right triangle rotated <math>90^\circ</math>. Therefore, <math>\sin\theta=\frac{14}{10\sqrt{2}}=\frac{7\sqrt{2}}{10}</math>. | ||
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+ | It is also known that the centroid of <math>\triangle BCD</math> is a third of the way between vertex <math>A</math> and <math>H</math>, the vertex farthest from the plane. Since <math>AH</math> is a diagonal of the cube, <math>AH=10\sqrt{3}</math>. So the distance from the <math>\text{centroid}</math> to <math>A</math> is <math>10/\sqrt{3}</math>. So, the <math>\Delta z</math> from <math>A</math> to the centroid is <math>\frac{10}{\sqrt{3}}\sin\theta=\frac{10}{\sqrt{3}}\left(\frac{7\sqrt{2}}{10}\right)=\frac{7\sqrt{6}}{3}</math>. | ||
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+ | Thus the distance from <math>A</math> to the plane is <math>11-\frac{7\sqrt{6}}{3}=\frac{33-7\sqrt{6}}{3}=\frac{33-\sqrt{294}}{3}</math>, and <math>33+294+3=\boxed{330}</math>. | ||
== See also == | == See also == | ||
{{AIME box|year=2011|n=I|num-b=12|num-a=14}} | {{AIME box|year=2011|n=I|num-b=12|num-a=14}} | ||
{{MAA Notice}} | {{MAA Notice}} |
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Problem
A cube with side length 10 is suspended above a plane. The vertex closest to the plane is labeled . The three vertices adjacent to vertex are at heights 10, 11, and 12 above the plane. The distance from vertex to the plane can be expressed as , where , , and are positive integers, and . Find .
Solution
Set the cube at the origin with the three vertices along the axes and the plane equal to , where . Then the (directed) distance from any point (x,y,z) to the plane is . So, by looking at the three vertices, we have , and by rearranging and summing, .
Solving the equation is easier if we substitute , to get , or . The distance from the origin to the plane is simply d, which is equal to , so
Solution 2
Set the cube at the origin and the adjacent vertices as (10, 0, 0), (0, 10, 0) and (0, 0, 10). Then consider the plane ax + by + cz = 0. Because A has distance 0 to it (and distance d to the original, parallel plane), the distance from the other vertices to the plane is 10-d, 11-d, and 12-d respectively. The distance formula gives and Squaring each equation and then adding yields , and we can proceed as in the first solution.
Solution 3
Let the vertices with distance be , respectively. An equilateral triangle is formed with side length . We care only about the coordinate: . It is well known that the centroid of a triangle is the average of the coordinates of its three vertices, so . Designate the midpoint of as . Notice that median is parallel to the plane because the and vertex have the same coordinate, , and the median contains and the . We seek the angle of the line through the centroid perpendicular to the plane formed by with the plane under the cube, . Since the median is parallel to the plane, this orthogonal line is also perpendicular to . Since makes a right triangle, the orthogonal line makes the same right triangle rotated . Therefore, .
It is also known that the centroid of is a third of the way between vertex and , the vertex farthest from the plane. Since is a diagonal of the cube, . So the distance from the to is . So, the from to the centroid is .
Thus the distance from to the plane is , and .
See also
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