2016 AMC 10A Problems/Problem 19

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In rectangle $ABCD,$ $AB=6$ and $BC=3$. Point $E$ between $B$ and $C$, and point $F$ between $E$ and $C$ are such that $BE=EF=FC$. Segments $\overline{AE}$ and $\overline{AF}$ intersect $\overline{BD}$ at $P$ and $Q$, respectively. The ratio $BP:PQ:QD$ can be written as $r:s:t$ where the greatest common factor of $r,s,$ and $t$ is $1.$ What is $r+s+t$?

$\textbf{(A) } 7 \qquad \textbf{(B) } 9 \qquad \textbf{(C) } 12 \qquad \textbf{(D) } 15 \qquad \textbf{(E) } 20$

Solution 1

[asy] size(6cm); pair D=(0,0), C=(6,0), B=(6,3), A=(0,3); draw(A--B--C--D--cycle); draw(B--D); draw(A--(6,2)); draw(A--(6,1)); label("$A$", A, dir(135)); label("$B$", B, dir(45)); label("$C$", C, dir(-45)); label("$D$", D, dir(-135)); label("$Q$", extension(A,(6,1),B,D),dir(-90)); label("$P$", extension(A,(6,2),B,D), dir(90)); label("$F$", (6,1), dir(0)); label("$E$", (6,2), dir(0)); [/asy]

Use similar triangles. Our goal is to put the ratio in terms of ${BD}$. Since $\triangle APD \sim \triangle EPB,$ $\frac{DP}{PB}=\frac{AD}{BE}=3.$ Similarly, $\frac{DQ}{QB}=\frac{3}{2}$. This means that ${DQ}=\frac{3\cdot BD}{5}$. As $\triangle ADP$ and $\triangle BEP$ are similar, we see that $\frac{PD}{PB}=\frac{3}{1}$. Thus $PB=\frac{BD}{4}$. Therefore, $r:s:t=\frac{1}{4}:\frac{2}{5}-\frac{1}{4}:\frac{3}{5}=5:3:12,$ so $r+s+t=\boxed{\textbf{(E) }20.}$

Solution 2

Coordinate Bash: We can set coordinates for the points. $D=(0,0), C=(6,0),  B=(6,3),$ and $A=(0,3)$. The line $BD$'s equation is $y = \frac{1}{2}x$, line $AE$'s equation is $y = -\frac{1}{6}x + 3$, and line $AF$'s equation is $y = -\frac{1}{3}x + 3$. Adding the equations of lines $BD$ and $AE$, we find that the coordinates of $P$ are $(\frac{9}{2},\frac{9}{4})$. Furthermore we find that the coordinates of $Q$ are $(\frac{18}{5}, \frac{9}{5})$. Using the Pythagorean Theorem, we get that the length of $QD$ is $\sqrt{(\frac{18}{5})^2+(\frac{9}{5})^2} = \sqrt{\frac{405}{25}} = \frac{\sqrt{405}}{5} = \frac{9\sqrt{5}}{5}$, and the length of $DP$ is $\sqrt{(\frac{9}{2})^2+(\frac{9}{4})^2} = \sqrt{\frac{81}{4} + \frac{81}{16}} = \sqrt{\frac{405}{16}} = \frac{\sqrt{405}}{4} = \frac{9\sqrt{5}}{4}.$ $PQ = DP - DQ = \frac{9\sqrt{5}}{5} - \frac{9\sqrt{5}}{4} = \frac{9\sqrt{5}}{20}.$ The length of $DB = \sqrt{6^2 + 3^2} = \sqrt{45} = 3\sqrt{5}$. Then $BP= 3\sqrt{5} - \frac{9\sqrt{5}}{4} = \frac{3\sqrt{5}}{4}.$ The ratio $BP : PQ : QD = \frac{3\sqrt{5}}{4} : \frac{9\sqrt{5}}{20} : \frac{9\sqrt{5}}{5} = 15\sqrt{5} : 9\sqrt{5} : 36\sqrt{5} = 15 : 9 : 36 = 5 : 3 : 12.$ Then $r, s,$ and $t$ is $5, 3,$ and $12$, respectively. The problem tells us to find $r + s + t$, so $5 + 3 + 12 = \boxed{\textbf{(E) }20}$

An alternate solution is to perform the same operations, but only solve for the x-coordinates. By similar triangles, the ratios will be the same.

Solution 3

Extend $AF$ to meet $CD$ at point $T$. Since $FC=1$ and $BF=2$, $TC=3$ by similar triangles $\triangle TFC$ and $\triangle AFB$. It follows that $\frac{BQ}{QD}=\frac{BP+PQ}{QD}=\frac{2}{3}$. Now, using similar triangles $\triangle BEP$ and $\triangle DAP$, $\frac{BP}{PD}=\frac{BP}{PQ+QD}=\frac{1}{3}$. WLOG let $BP=1$. Solving for $PQ, QD$ gives $PQ=\frac{3}{5}$ and $QD=\frac{12}{5}$. So our desired ratio is $5:3:12$ and $5+3+12=\boxed{\textbf{(E) } 20}$.

Solution 4

Mass Points: Draw line segment $AC$, and call the intersection between $AC$ and $BD$ point $K$. In $\delta ABC$, observe that $BE:EC=1:2$ and $AK:KC=1:1$. Using mass points, find that $BP:PK=1:1$. Again utilizing $\delta ABC$, observe that $BF:FC=2:1$ and $AK:KC=1:1$. Use mass points to find that $BQ:QK=4:1$. Now, draw a line segment with points $B$,$P$,$Q$, and $K$ ordered from left to right. Set the values $BP=x$,$PK=x$,$BQ=4y$ and $QK=y$. Setting both sides segment $BK$ equal, we get $y= \frac{2}{5}x$. Plugging in and solving gives $QK= \frac{2}{5}x$, $PQ=\frac{3}{5}x$,$BP=x$. The question asks for $BP:PQ:QD$, so we add $2x$ to $QK$ and multiply the ratio by $5$ to create integers. This creates $5(1:\frac{3}{5}:\frac{12}{5})= 5:3:12$. This sums up to $3+5+12=\boxed{\textbf{(E) }20}$

Solution 5 (Cheap Solution)

Use your ruler (you should probably recommended you bring ruler and protractor to AMC10 tests) and accurately draw the diagram as one in solution 1, then measure the length of the segments, you should get a ratio of $r:s:t$ being $\frac{5}{3}:1:\frac{12}{3}$, multiplying each side by $3$ the result is $r+s+t = 5+3+12 = \boxed{\textbf{(E) }20}$

See Also

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