2013 AIME I Problems/Problem 7

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Problem 7

A rectangular box has width $12$ inches, length $16$ inches, and height $\frac{m}{n}$ inches, where $m$ and $n$ are relatively prime positive integers. Three faces of the box meet at a corner of the box. The center points of those three faces are the vertices of a triangle with an area of $30$ square inches. Find $m+n$.

Solution 1

We may use vectors. Let the height of the box be $2h$. Without loss of generality, let the front bottom left corner of the box be $(0,0,0)$. Let the center point of the bottom face be $P_1$, the center of the left face be $P_2$ and the center of the front face be $P_3$.

We are given that the area of the triangle $\triangle P_1 P_2 P_3$ is $30$. Thus, by a well known formula, we note that $\frac{1}{2}|\vec{P_1P_2} \text{x} \vec{P_1P_3}|=30$ We quickly attain that $\vec{P_1P_2}=<-6,0,h>$ and $\vec{P_1P_3}=<0,-8,h>$ (We can arbitrarily assign the long and short ends due to symmetry)

Computing the cross product, we find: \[\vec{P_1P_2} x \vec{P_1P_3}=-<6h,8h,48>\]

Thus: \[\sqrt{(6h)^2+(8h)^2+48^2}=2*30=60\] \[h=3.6\] \[2h=7.2\]

\[2h=36/5\]

\[m+n=\boxed{041}\]

Solution 2

Let the height of the box be $x$.

After using the Pythagorean Theorem three times, we can quickly see that the sides of the triangle are 10, $\sqrt{(x/2)^2 + 64}$, and $\sqrt{(x/2)^2 + 36}$. Therefore, we can use Heron's formula to set up an equation for the area of the triangle.

The semi perimeter is (10 + $\sqrt{(x/2)^2 + 64}$ + $\sqrt{(x/2)^2 + 36}$)/2

900 = $\frac{1}{2}$((10 + $\sqrt{(x/2)^2 + 64}$ + $\sqrt{(x/2)^2 + 36}$)/2)((10 + $\sqrt{(x/2)^2 + 64}$ + $\sqrt{(x/2)^2 + 36}$)/2 - 10)((10 + $\sqrt{(x/2)^2 + 64}$ + $\sqrt{(x/2)^2 + 36}$)/2 - $\sqrt{(x/2)^2 + 64}$)((10 + $\sqrt{(x/2)^2 + 64}$ + $\sqrt{(x/2)^2 + 36}$)/2 - $\sqrt{(x/2)^2 + 36}$).

Solving, we get $\boxed{041}$.

See also

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