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− | Note that the area is given by Heron's formula and it is <math>20\sqrt{221}</math>. Let <math>h_i</math> denote the length of the altitude dropped from vertex i. It follows that <math>h_b = \frac{40\sqrt{221}}{27}, h_c = \frac{40\sqrt{221}}{30 | + | Note that the area is given by Heron's formula and it is <math>20\sqrt{221}</math>. Let <math>h_i</math> denote the length of the altitude dropped from vertex i. It follows that <math>h_b = \frac{40\sqrt{221}}{27}, h_c = \frac{40\sqrt{221}}{30}, h_a = \frac{40\sqrt{221}}{23}</math>. From similar triangles we can see that <math>\frac{27h}{h_a}+\frac{27h}{h_c} \le 27 \rightarrow h \le \frac{h_ah_c}{h_a+h_c}</math>. We can see this is true for any combination of a,b,c and thus the minimum of the upper bounds for h yields <math>h = \frac{40\sqrt{221}}{57} \rightarrow \boxed{318}</math>. |
== See also == | == See also == | ||
{{AIME box|year=2011|n=I|num-b=7|num-a=9}} | {{AIME box|year=2011|n=I|num-b=7|num-a=9}} | ||
{{MAA Notice}} | {{MAA Notice}} |
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Problem
In triangle , , , and . Points and are on with on , points and are on with on , and points and are on with on . In addition, the points are positioned so that , , and . Right angle folds are then made along , , and . The resulting figure is placed on a level floor to make a table with triangular legs. Let be the maximum possible height of a table constructed from triangle whose top is parallel to the floor. Then can be written in the form , where and are relatively prime positive integers and is a positive integer that is not divisible by the square of any prime. Find .
Solution
Note that the area is given by Heron's formula and it is . Let denote the length of the altitude dropped from vertex i. It follows that . From similar triangles we can see that . We can see this is true for any combination of a,b,c and thus the minimum of the upper bounds for h yields .
See also
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