2015 AMC 12B Problems/Problem 24

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Four circles, no two of which are congruent, have centers at $A$, $B$, $C$, and $D$, and points $P$ and $Q$ lie on all four circles. The radius of circle $A$ is $\tfrac{5}{8}$ times the radius of circle $B$, and the radius of circle $C$ is $\tfrac{5}{8}$ times the radius of circle $D$. Furthermore, $AB = CD = 39$ and $PQ = 48$. Let $R$ be the midpoint of $\overline{PQ}$. What is $AR+BR+CR+DR$ ?

$\textbf{(A)}\; 180 \qquad\textbf{(B)}\; 184 \qquad\textbf{(C)}\; 188 \qquad\textbf{(D)}\; 192\qquad\textbf{(E)}\; 196$


First, note that $PQ$ lies the radical axis of any of the pairs of circles. Suppose that $O_1$ and $O_2$ are the centers of two circles that intersect exactly at $P$ and $Q$, with $O_1$ and $O_2$ lying on the same side of $PQ$, and $O_1 O_2=39$. Let $x=O_1 R$, $y=O_2 R$, and suppose that the radius of circle $O_1$ is $r$ and the radius of circle $O_2$ is $\tfrac{5}{8}r$.

Then the power of point $R$ in $O_1$ is

\[(r+x)(r-x) = r^2 - x^2 = 24^2\]

and the power of point $R$ in $O_2$ is

\[\left(\frac{5}{8}r + y\right) \left(\frac{5}{8}r - y\right) = \frac{25}{64}r^2 - y^2 = 24^2.\]

Also, note that $x-y=39$.

Subtract the above two equations to find that $\tfrac{39}{64}r^2 - x^2 + y^2 = 0$ or $39 r^2 = 64(x^2-y^2)$. As $x-y=39$, we find that $r^2=64(x+y) = 64(2y+39)$. Plug this into an earlier equation to find that $25(2y+39)-y^2=24^2$. This is a quadratic equation with solutions $y=\tfrac{50 \pm 64}{2}$, and as $y$ is a length, it is positive, hence $y=57$, and $x=y+39=96$. This is the only possibility if the two centers lie on the same same of their radical axis.

On the other hand, if they lie on opposite sides, then it is clear that there is only one possibility, and then it is clear that $O_1 R + O_2 R = O_1 O_2 = 39$. Therefore, we obtain exactly four possible centers, and the sum of the desired lengths is $57+96+39 = \boxed{\textbf{(D)}\; 192}$.

See Also

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Problem 25
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