2012 AIME I Problems/Problem 12

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Problem 12

Let $\triangle ABC$ be a right triangle with right angle at $C.$ Let $D$ and $E$ be points on $\overline{AB}$ with $D$ between $A$ and $E$ such that $\overline{CD}$ and $\overline{CE}$ trisect $\angle C.$ If $\frac{DE}{BE} = \frac{8}{15},$ then $\tan B$ can be written as $\frac{m \sqrt{p}}{n},$ where $m$ and $n$ are relatively prime positive integers, and $p$ is a positive integer not divisible by the square of any prime. Find $m+n+p.$


Solution 1

Without loss of generality, set $CB = 1$. Then, by the Angle Bisector Theorem on triangle $DCB$, we have $CD = \frac{8}{15}$. We apply the Law of Cosines to triangle $DCB$ to get $1 + \frac{64}{225} - \frac{8}{15} = BD^{2}$, which we can simplify to get $BD = \frac{13}{15}$.

Now, we have $\cos \angle B = \frac{1 + \frac{169}{225} - \frac{64}{225}}{\frac{26}{15}}$ by another application of the Law of Cosines to triangle $DCB$, so $\cos \angle B = \frac{11}{13}$. In addition, $\sin \angle B = \sqrt{1 - \frac{121}{169}} = \frac{4\sqrt{3}}{13}$, so $\tan \angle B = \frac{4\sqrt{3}}{11}$.

Our final answer is $4+3+11 = \boxed{018}$.

Solution 2

(This solution does not use the Angle Bisector Theorem or the Law of Cosines, but it uses the Law of Sines and more trig.)

Find values for all angles in terms of $\angle B$. $\angle CEB = 150-B$, $\angle CED = 30+B$, $\angle CDE = 120-B$, $\angle CDA = 60+B$, and $\angle A = 90-B$.

Use the law of sines on $\triangle CED$ and $\triangle CEB$:

In $\triangle CED$, $\frac{8}{\sin 30} = \frac{CE}{\sin (120-B)}$. This simplifies to $16 = \frac{CE}{\sin (120-B)}$.

In $\triangle CEB$, $\frac{15}{\sin 30} = \frac{CE}{\sin B}$. This simplifies to $30 = \frac{CE}{\sin B}$.

Solve for $CE$ and equate them so that you get $16\sin (120-B) = 30\sin B$.

From this, $\frac{8}{15} = \frac{\sin B}{\sin (120-B)}$.

Use a trig identity on the denominator on the right to obtain: $\frac{8}{15} = \frac{\sin B}{\sin 120 \cos B - \cos 120 \sin B}$

This simplifies to $\frac{8}{15} = \frac{\sin B}{\frac{\sqrt{3}\cos B}{2} + \frac{\sin B}{2}} = \frac{\sin B}{\frac{\sqrt{3} \cosB + \sin B}{2}} = \frac{2\sin B}{\sqrt{3}\cos B + \sin B}$ (Error compiling LaTeX. ! Undefined control sequence.)

This gives $\frac{15}{8} = \frac{\sqrt{3}\cos B + \sin B}{2\sin B} = \frac{\sqrt{3}\cos B}{2\sinB} + \frac{1}{2} = \frac{\sqrt{3}\cot B}{2} + \frac{1}{2}.$ (Error compiling LaTeX. ! Undefined control sequence.)

Thus: $\frac{11}{7} = \frac{\sqrt{3}\cot B}{2}$ and $\cot B = \frac{11*2}{8\sqrt{3}}$.

Since $\cot B = \frac{1}{\tan B}$, $\tan{B} = \frac{8\sqrt{3}}{22} = \frac{4\sqrt{3}}{11}$. Our final answer is $4 + 3 + 11 = 18$.

See also

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