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Recall The Law of Cosines. Letting <math>A'B'=B'C'=C'A'=y</math>, <math>y^2=(3x)^2+(x+3x)^2-2(3x)(x+3x)(cos120)</math>. This simplifies to <math>y^2=(3x)^2+(4x)^2-2(3x)(4x)(cos120)=9x^2+16x^2-24cos120=25x^2+12x^2=37x^2</math>. Since both <math>\triangle ABC</math> and <math>\triangle A'B'C'</math> are both equilateral triangles, they must be similar due to <math>AA</math> similarity. This means that <math>\frac{A'B'}{AB}</math> <math>=</math> <math>\frac{B'C'}{BC}</math> <math>=</math> <math>\frac{C'A'}{CA}</math> <math>=</math> <math>\frac{[\triangle A'B'C']}{[\triangle ABC]}</math> <math>=</math> <math>\frac{37}{1}</math>.
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Recall The Law of Cosines. Letting <math>A'B'=B'C'=C'A'=y</math>, <cmath>y^2=(3x)^2+(x+3x)^2-2(3x)(x+3x)(cos120) = </cmath> <cmath>(3x)^2+(4x)^2-2(3x)(4x)(cos120)=9x^2+16x^2-24cos120=25x^2+12x^2=37x^2.</cmath> Since both <math>\triangle ABC</math> and <math>\triangle A'B'C'</math> are both equilateral triangles, they must be similar due to <math>AA</math> similarity. This means that <math>\frac{A'B'}{AB}</math> <math>=</math> <math>\frac{B'C'}{BC}</math> <math>=</math> <math>\frac{C'A'}{CA}</math> <math>=</math> <math>\frac{[\triangle A'B'C']}{[\triangle ABC]}</math> <math>=</math> <math>\frac{37}{1}</math>.
  
  

Revision as of 19:07, 16 February 2017

Problem 15

Let $ABC$ be an equilateral triangle. Extend side $\overline{AB}$ beyond $B$ to a point $B'$ so that $BB'=3AB$. Similarly, extend side $\overline{BC}$ beyond $C$ to a point $C'$ so that $CC'=3BC$, and extend side $\overline{CA}$ beyond $A$ to a point $A'$ so that $AA'=3CA$. What is the ratio of the area of $\triangle A'B'C'$ to the area of $\triangle ABC$?

$\textbf{(A)}\ 9:1\qquad\textbf{(B)}\ 16:1\qquad\textbf{(C)}\ 25:1\qquad\textbf{(D)}\ 36:1\qquad\textbf{(E)}\ 37:1$


Solution

Solution by HydroQuantum

Let $AB=BC=CA=x$.


Recall The Law of Cosines. Letting $A'B'=B'C'=C'A'=y$, \[y^2=(3x)^2+(x+3x)^2-2(3x)(x+3x)(cos120) =\] \[(3x)^2+(4x)^2-2(3x)(4x)(cos120)=9x^2+16x^2-24cos120=25x^2+12x^2=37x^2.\] Since both $\triangle ABC$ and $\triangle A'B'C'$ are both equilateral triangles, they must be similar due to $AA$ similarity. This means that $\frac{A'B'}{AB}$ $=$ $\frac{B'C'}{BC}$ $=$ $\frac{C'A'}{CA}$ $=$ $\frac{[\triangle A'B'C']}{[\triangle ABC]}$ $=$ $\frac{37}{1}$.


Therefore, our answer is $\boxed{\textbf{(E) }37:1}$.


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