2012 AMC 10B Problems/Problem 21
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Problem
Four distinct points are arranged on a plane so that the segments connecting them have lengths , , , , , and . What is the ratio of to ?
Solution
When you see that there are lengths a and 2a, one could think of 30-60-90 triangles. Since all of the other's lengths are a, you could think that . Drawing the points out, it is possible to have a diagram where . It turns out that and could be the lengths of a 30-60-90 triangle, and the other 3 can be the lengths of an equilateral triangle formed from connecting the dots. So, , so
Solution 2
For any non-collinear points with the given requirement, notice that there must be a triangle with side lengths , , , which is not possible as . Thus at least of the points must be collinear.
If all points are collinear, then there would only be lines of length , which wouldn't work.
If exactly points are collinear, the only possibility that works is when a triangle is formed.
Thus , or
~ Nafer
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