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Using Heron's Formula we can get the area of the triangle <math>\Delta AB_0C_0 = 90</math>. Since <math>\Delta AB_0C_0 \sim \Delta B_0C_1C_0 </math> then the scale factor for the dimensions of <math> \Delta B_0C_1C_0 </math> to <math>\Delta AB_0C_0 </math> is <math> \dfrac{17}{25}.</math> | Using Heron's Formula we can get the area of the triangle <math>\Delta AB_0C_0 = 90</math>. Since <math>\Delta AB_0C_0 \sim \Delta B_0C_1C_0 </math> then the scale factor for the dimensions of <math> \Delta B_0C_1C_0 </math> to <math>\Delta AB_0C_0 </math> is <math> \dfrac{17}{25}.</math> | ||
Therefore, the area of <math> \Delta B_0C_1C_0 </math> is <math> (\dfrac{17}{25})^2(90) </math>. Also, the dimensions of the other sides of the <math> \Delta B_0C_1C_0 </math> can be | Therefore, the area of <math> \Delta B_0C_1C_0 </math> is <math> (\dfrac{17}{25})^2(90) </math>. Also, the dimensions of the other sides of the <math> \Delta B_0C_1C_0 </math> can be |
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Problem 13
Triangle has side lengths , , and . For each positive integer , points and are located on and , respectively, creating three similar triangles . The area of the union of all triangles for can be expressed as , where and are relatively prime positive integers. Find .
Solution
Using Heron's Formula we can get the area of the triangle . Since then the scale factor for the dimensions of to is Therefore, the area of is . Also, the dimensions of the other sides of the can be easily computed: and . This allows us to compute one side of the triangle , . Therefore, the scale factor to is , which yields the length of as . Therefore, the scale factor for to is . Some more algebraic manipulation will show that to is still . Also, since the triangles are disjoint, the area of the union is the sum of the areas. Therefore, the area is the geometric series At this point, it may be wise to "simplify" . So the geometric series converges to . Using the diffference of squares, we get , which simplifies to . Cancellling all common factors, we get the reduced fraction, , yielding the answer .
See also
2013 AIME I (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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