2013 USAJMO Problems/Problem 5
Quadrilateral is inscribed in the semicircle with diameter . Segments and meet at . Point is the foot of the perpendicular from to line . Point lies on such that line is perpendicular to line . Let be the intersection of segments and . Prove that
Let us use coordinates. Let O, the center of the circle, be (0,0). WLOG the radius of the circle is 1, so set Y (1,0) and X (-1,0). Also, for arbitrary constants and set A and B . Now, let's use our coordinate tools. It is easily derived that the equation of is and the equation of is , where and are defined appropriately. Thus, by equating the y's in the equation we find the intersection of these lines, , is . Also, . It shall be left to the reader to find the slope of , the coordinates of Q and C, and use the distance formula to verify that .
First of all
since the quadrilateral is cyclic, and triangle is rectangle, and is orthogonal to . Now
because is cyclic and we have proved that
so is parallel to , and Now by Ptolomey's theorem on we have we see that triangles and are similar since and is already proven, so Substituting yields dividing by We get Now triangles , and are similar so but also triangles and are similar and we get Comparing we have, Substituting, Dividing the new relation by and multiplying by we get but since triangles and are similar, because and since Substituting again we get Now since triangles and are similar we have and by the similarity of and , we get so substituting, and separating terms we get In the beginning we prove that and so