2012 AIME II Problems/Problem 13

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Problem 13

Equilateral $\triangle ABC$ has side length $\sqrt{111}$. There are four distinct triangles $AD_1E_1$, $AD_1E_2$, $AD_2E_3$, and $AD_2E_4$, each congruent to $\triangle ABC$, with $BD_1 = BD_2 = \sqrt{11}$. Find $\sum_{k=1}^4(CE_k)^2$.


Solution

Note that there are only two possible locations for points $D_1$ and $D_2$, as they are both $\sqrt{111}$ from point $A$ and $\sqrt{11}$ from point $B$, so they are the two points where a circle centered at $A$ with radius $\sqrt{111}$ and a circle centered at $B$ with radius $\sqrt{11}$ intersect. Let $D_1$ be the point on the opposite side of $\overline{AB}$ from $C$, and $D_2$ the point on the same side of $\overline{AB}$ as $C$.

Let $\theta$ be the measure of angle $BAD_1$ (which is also the measure of angle $BAD_2$); by the Law of Cosines,

\[\sqrt{11}^2 = \sqrt{111}^2 + \sqrt{111}^2 - 2 \cdot \sqrt{111} \cdot \sqrt{111} \cdot cos\;\theta\] \[cos\;\theta = \frac{222 - 11}{222} = \frac{211}{222}\]

There are two equilateral triangles with $\overline{AD_1}$ as a side; let $E_1$ be the third vertex that is farthest from $C$, and $E_2$ be the third vertex that is nearest to $C$.

Angle $E_1AC = E_1AD_1 + D_1AB + BAC = 60 + \theta + 60 = 120 + \theta$; by the Law of Cosines, \[(E_1C)^2 = (E_1A)^2 + (AC)^2 - 2 (E_1A) (E_1C)\;cos\;(120 + \theta)\] \[= 111 + 111 - 222\;cos\;(120 + \theta)\] Angle $E_2AC = \theta$; by the Law of Cosines, \[(E_2C)^2 = (E_2A)^2 + (AC)^2 - 2 (E_2A) (E_2C)\;cos\;\theta = 111 + 111 - 222\,cos\;\theta\]

There are two equilateral triangles with $\overline{AD_2}$ as a side; let $E_3$ be the third vertex that is farthest from $C$, and $E_4$ be the third vertex that is nearest to $C$.

Angle $E_3AC = E_3AB + BAC = (60 - \theta) + 60 = 120 - \theta$; by the Law of Cosines, \[(E_3C)^2 = (E_3A)^2 + (AC)^2 - 2 (E_3A) (E_3C)\;cos\;(120 - \theta)\] \[= 111 + 111 - 222\;cos\;(120 - \theta)\] Angle $E_4AC = \theta$; by the Law of Cosines, \[(E_4C)^2 = (E_4A)^2 + (AC)^2 - 2 (E_4A) (E_4C)\;cos\;\theta = 111 + 111 - 222\;cos\;\theta\]

The solution is: \[(222 - 222\;cos\;(120 + \theta) + 222 - 222\;cos\;\theta + 222 - 222\;cos\;(120 - \theta) + 222 - 222\;cos\;\theta\] \[= 888 - 222\;(cos\;120\;cos\;\theta - sin\;120\;sin\;\theta) - 222\;cos\;120\;cos\;\theta - 222 (cos\;120\;cos\;\theta + sin\;120\;sin\;\theta) - 222\;cos\;\theta)\] \[= 888 - 222\;(2\;cos\;120\;cos\;\theta - 2\;cos\;\theta)\] \[= 888 - 222\;cos\;\theta\] \[= 888 - 222 \cdot \frac{211}{222} = \framebox{677}.\]

See Also

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