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In <math>\triangle ABC, AB = AC = 10</math> and <math>BC = 12</math>. Point <math>D</math> lies strictly between <math>A</math> and <math>B</math> on <math>\overline{AB}</math> and point <math>E</math> lies strictly between <math>A</math> and <math>C</math> on <math>\overline{AC}</math> so that <math>AD = DE = EC</math>. Then <math>AD</math> can be expressed in the form <math>\dfrac{p}{q}</math>, where <math>p</math> and <math>q</math> are relatively prime positive integers. Find <math>p+q</math>. | In <math>\triangle ABC, AB = AC = 10</math> and <math>BC = 12</math>. Point <math>D</math> lies strictly between <math>A</math> and <math>B</math> on <math>\overline{AB}</math> and point <math>E</math> lies strictly between <math>A</math> and <math>C</math> on <math>\overline{AC}</math> so that <math>AD = DE = EC</math>. Then <math>AD</math> can be expressed in the form <math>\dfrac{p}{q}</math>, where <math>p</math> and <math>q</math> are relatively prime positive integers. Find <math>p+q</math>. | ||
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+ | <math>\cos(A) = \frac{5^2+5^2-6^2}{2*5*5} = \frac{7}{25}</math>. Let <math>M</math> be midpoint of <math>AE</math>, then <math>\frac{7}{25} = \frac{10-x}{2x} \iff x =\frac{250}{39}</math>. | ||
==Solution 1 (No Trig)== | ==Solution 1 (No Trig)== | ||
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Revision as of 01:26, 25 July 2020
Contents
- 1 Problem 4
- 2 Solution
- 3 Solution 1 (No Trig)
- 4 Solution 2 (Easy Similar Triangles)
- 5 Solution 3 (Algebra w/ Law of Cosines)
- 6 Solution 4 (Coordinates)
- 7 Solution 5 (Law of Cosines)
- 8 Solution 6
- 9 Solution 7 (Fastest via Law of Cosines)
- 10 Solution 8 (Easiest way- Coordinates without bash)
- 11 Solution 9 Even Faster Law of Cosines(1 variable equation)
- 12 Solution 10 (Law of Sines)
- 13 Video Solution
- 14 See Also
Problem 4
In and . Point lies strictly between and on and point lies strictly between and on so that . Then can be expressed in the form , where and are relatively prime positive integers. Find .
Solution
. Let be midpoint of , then .
Solution 1 (No Trig)
We draw the altitude from to to get point . We notice that the triangle's height from to is 8 because it is a Right Triangle. To find the length of , we let represent and set up an equation by finding two ways to express the area. The equation is , which leaves us with . We then solve for the length , which is done through pythagorean theorm and get = . We can now see that is a Right Triangle. Thus, we set as , and yield that . Now, we can see = . Solving this equation, we yield , or . Thus, our final answer is . ~bluebacon008
Solution 2 (Easy Similar Triangles)
We start by adding a few points to the diagram. Call the midpoint of , and the midpoint of . (Note that and are altitudes of their respective triangles). We also call . Since triangle is isosceles, , and . Since , and . Since is a right triangle, .
Since and , triangles and are similar by Angle-Angle similarity. Using similar triangle ratios, we have . and because there are triangles in the problem. Call . Then , , and . Thus . Our ratio now becomes . Solving for gives us . Since is a height of the triangle , , or . Solving the equation gives us , so our answer is .
Solution 3 (Algebra w/ Law of Cosines)
As in the diagram, let . Consider point on the diagram shown above. Our goal is to be able to perform Pythagorean Theorem on , and . Let . Therefore, it is trivial to see that (leave everything squared so that it cancels nicely at the end). By Pythagorean Theorem on Triangle , we know that . Finally, we apply Law of Cosines on Triangle . We know that . Therefore, we get that . We can now do our final calculation: After some quick cleaning up, we get Therefore, our answer is .
~awesome1st
Solution 4 (Coordinates)
Let , , and . Then, let be in the interval and parametrically define and as and respectively. Note that , so . This means that However, since is extraneous by definition, ~ mathwiz0803
Solution 5 (Law of Cosines)
As shown in the diagram, let denote . Let us denote the foot of the altitude of to as . Note that can be expressed as and is a triangle . Therefore, and . Before we can proceed with the Law of Cosines, we must determine . Using LOC, we can write the following statement: Thus, the desired answer is ~ blitzkrieg21
Solution 6
In isosceles triangle, draw the altitude from onto . Let the point of intersection be . Clearly, , and hence .
Now, we recognise that the perpendicular from onto gives us two -- triangles. So, we calculate and
. And hence,
Inspecting gives us Solving the equation gives
~novus677
Solution 7 (Fastest via Law of Cosines)
We can have 2 Law of Cosines applied on (one from and one from ),
and
Solving for in both equations, we get
and , so the answer is
-RootThreeOverTwo
Solution 8 (Easiest way- Coordinates without bash)
Let , and . From there, we know that , so line is . Hence, for some , and so . Now, notice that by symmetry, , so . Because , we now have , which simplifies to , so , and . It follows that , and our answer is .
-Stormersyle
Solution 9 Even Faster Law of Cosines(1 variable equation)
Doing law of cosines we know that is * Dropping the perpendicular from to we get that Solving for we get so our answer is .
-harsha12345
- It is good to remember that doubling the smallest angle of a 3-4-5 triangle gives the larger (not right) angle in a 7-24-25 triangle.
Solution 10 (Law of Sines)
Let's label and . Using isosceles triangle properties and the triangle angle sum equation, we get Solving, we find .
Relabelling our triangle, we get . Dropping an altitude from to and using the Pythagorean theorem, we find . Using the sine area formula, we see . Plugging in our sine angle cofunction identity, , we get .
Now, using the Law of Sines on , we get After applying numerous trigonometric and algebraic tricks, identities, and simplifications, such as and , we find .
Therefore, our answer is .
~Tiblis
Video Solution
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iE8paW_ICxw
See Also
2018 AIME I (Problems • Answer Key • Resources) | ||
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Followed by Problem 5 | |
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